Tottenham Hotspur starlet Erik Lamela has admitted that he will have to adapt quickly to the physical nature of the Premier League if he is to keep his place in Argentina's squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
21-year-old Lamela joined Spurs during the summer transfer window for a club-record fee believed to be in the region of £30 million but he is yet to make any sort of significant impact at White Hart Lane.
Indeed, since arriving from Serie A outfit Roma, Lamela has made just four appearances in the Premier League - all of which have come from the substitutes bench. While he has started for the club in both the Capital One Cup and the Europa League, he has yet to find the net for Andre Villas-Boas' side.
With much expected of Lamela following such a hefty price tag, the Argentine, who has won four senior international caps, admits that he knows he has to get used to the highly-physical nature of the Premier League if he is to feature for his country at next year's World Cup.
"English football is a lot more physical. It is not like the tactical game they play in Italy," he told Argentinian newspaper Clarin in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
"I have talked a lot with my team-mates and I know I have to adapt quickly if I am to keep my place in the national team ahead of the World Cup."
Argentina, who have already secured their place in Brazil, face Uruguay - who have not - in their final qualifier on Tuesday evening.
Spurs, meanwhile, return to domestic action following the international break with a trip to Aston Villa on October 20.