Australian midfielder Ryan Edwards knows he has a few massive obstacles to breaking into the Socceroos.
But the former Perth Glory player is hoping a good run with Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle will help stake his claim.
The 22-year-old was in an out of the first team with Olyroos duty but is now targeting a regular starting spot with The Jags.
Edwards, who has family in Scotland, told Glasgow's Evening Times: “I’m finished playing with the U23s so it’s all about being called up for the full squad.
“My main focus is trying to get in the first team and play as well as I can with Partick Thistle and impress the national manager.
“I am competing with the likes of Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy and Jackson Irvine to get a place (in the Socceroos). I just need to keep my head down and focus on Thistle."
Celtic star Rogic and Championship players Mooy (Huddersfield) and Irvine (Burton Albion) have been in scintillating form for their respective clubs.
Irvine, in particular, has got off to a blistering start ino the 2016/17 campaign, scoring in his third straight game on Friday night.
All three were named in the Socceroos squad to take on Iraq in the World Cup qualifier in Perth on September 1.
Edwards, who captained the Olyroos, said the best way to grab Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou’s attention is to make an impact at club level.
The former Reading player, who scored his first goal for Partick Thistle in March, is nearing first anniversary with the club and says he feels right at home at Firhill
His father Alistair- who endured a torrid time as Perth Glory coach before being axed – had a stint with the Rangers U18s in the 1980s before playing for Millwall and Brighton.
“I knew a lot about Scotland before I came here obviously because dad played here,” Edwards said.
He added: “My dad messaged me after I made my debut last year and said I have done more in Scottish football then he ever did, because he never played for Rangers (first team)."