Jack Rodwell is desperate to impress new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini having struggled to establish himself under Roberto Mancini, reports the Daily Star.
The 22-year-old was signed last year for £12m from Everton but injuries and poor form saw the England international make just 11 appearances in the Premier League and he is yet to feature so far this season.
Injuries have blighted Rodwell throughout his short career and have hindered his development despite his obvious talent.
Now, back to full fitness, Rodwell is keen to make an impression on Pellegrini who signed fellow central midfielder, Fernandinho, for £30m from Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and sent Gareth Barry on loan to Everton for the campaign.
Rodwell commented: "It’s a little bit like starting again when a new manager arrives and you have to win him over.
"But that’s the same for everyone. The previous manager Roberto Mancini brought me here, and obviously I was a little bit sad to see him go.
"But that’s football. Obviously Manuel Pellegrini is a great manager and I’m happy to see him come in as well so everyone is in that position where they want to win him over and I’m no different.
"I think everyone feels it’s a fresh challenge more than anything. Everyone has come in and is trying to win the manager over which has brought a new lease of life."
With the World Cup looming, the combative midfielder is keen to force his way back into England manager Roy Hodgson's thoughts having missed out on selection for the double header of qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
He said: "I definitely need to be playing a good amount of games and there is the World Cup with England at the end of the year and that is in the back of my mind.
"That’s my main aim. I am 100 per cent focused and hopefully I can get on that plane to Brazil.
"Playing for England is something I dreamed about and in a World Cup would just be a fantastic experience for me as a player.
"At a club like City I don’t expect to be playing every game. But obviously I want to be playing and getting my fair share of games which hopefully I will do.
"I’d be foolish to think I’ll be playing every minute of every game at somewhere like City, with the players we have got.
"It’s 25-man squad where every player could pretty much walk into any other Premier League team. That gives you an indication of the strength of it. But I’ll be fighting for my place."
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