Steven Caulker hopes to prove to Roy Hodgson that he can cut it on the international arena by snuffing out the mighty Miroslav Klose in Tottenham's Europa League clash at Lazio.

Caulker was expected to play a bit-part role at Spurs this season, but some excellent pre-season form, and an injury to Younes Kaboul mean the 20-year-old has became a regular at the heart of the team's defence so far this season. He also earned his first England cap in last week's friendly in Sweden and he is determined to fill the void left in the national squad by John Terry.

"Every game in a Spurs shirt is a chance to prove myself at international level," Caulker said. "Lazio have a German striker in Klose so I have a chance to prove myself again and get my place back in the England squad."

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