Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is hoping to build on a performance he describes as his 'best ever'.
The Polish stopper added to his international credentials in a 2-2 draw against Germany last month, impressing for the Euro 2012 co-hosts with a string of fine saves against one of the pre-tournament favourites.
With competition for a place in the side fierce alongside club colleague Lukasz Fabianski and Fiorentina keeper Artur Boruc, the performance could go someway to securing a starting spot when the tournament begins in earnest next summer, and praise from Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn as served as a further confidence boost for the talented 21-year-old.
"To date it was probably the best performance in my career. It was a good result for us as well - we almost managed to get a win - but conceded a last-second goal," he told the official Arsenal website.
"I wasn't really happy after the game because we obviously didn't win the game but I watched it a couple of times after and I must admit I had a good game. Somebody told me straight after the game that they had watched the German television and he [Kahn] had praised me. It makes you feel good.
"I obviously don't feel as though I have made it in football and to hear that from somebody with so much authority and legendary status in goalkeeping makes you feel really good. It makes you motivated to keep working hard in training and give you the best possible career in football."
As tournament co-hosts alongside Ukraine, the Gunners' No.1 is well aware that pressure on the nation will be raised to a new level when the competition begins.
It's a challenge that excites Szczesny though, who insists he isn't phased by the pressure. He's had lots of practice coping with such scrutiny at the Emirates this season, and has passed those test well this season as one of the few bright spots for Arsene Wenger's side this season.
“There is lots of pressure being put on our national team because the results haven't been great recently and the fans expect us to do well in the Euros. There is big excitement but big pressure, which of course is very good for me because I enjoy it," he continued.
"I am looking forward to playing the Euros in my own country.”
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