Premier League: West Ham's James Tomkins targets survival ahead of England
West Ham defender James Tomkins has prioritised Premier League survival despite his dream to play for England.
Last Updated: 15/04/14 2:35pm
The 25-year-old has impressed at Upton Park this season and has helped Sam Allardyce's side to keep 13 clean sheets.
His form has prompted suggestions that England manager Roy Hodgson should look at Tomkins, who has represented the national team from the Under-16s and through to the Under-21s.
However, despite an ambition to play for the senior team, Tomkins' eyes are focused on West Ham's quest to guarantee their Premier League status.
He told the London Evening Standard: "It would be a dream to play for my country one day but just at the moment my entire focus is on West Ham and helping make sure we are still in the Premier League next season.
"I think we can take great heart and confidence from recent games, including Liverpool despite the ultimate defeat.
"Liverpool have been scoring very freely from open play but, against us, their two goals came from penalties. I feel like I'm playing well, improving every game. Being picked for England is my ultimate goal."
West Ham take on Arsenal tonight at the Emirates, and it will give Tomkins another chance to impress against quality opposition.
Tomkins added: "We're looking forward to this game.
"We believe we have a good chance, especially now that Arsenal have been involved in extra-time at the weekend."