Harry Winks believes a call-up to the senior England squad is within reach if he maintains his form with Tottenham.
The Spurs midfielder made his second appearance for England U21s when they were beaten 1-0 by Germany in a friendly on Friday.
Winks, 21, has been encouraged by England boss Gareth Southgate's willingness to include younger players in the senior squad.
Southgate, replaced as U21 boss by Aidy Boothroyd after becoming England manager, has called upon Nathan Redmond, Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse.
"The manager (Boothroyd) has told us that there are opportunities there," said Winks. "As long as we keep performing for club and country and doing well, then the opportunity is there to take.
"With someone like Gareth in charge, he likes young players and he's keen to bring us through and give us opportunities.
"You could see that the other night (in the senior game against Germany). We had a lot of young players playing and it's just down to us really, whether we perform at club level to get the call-up.
"My next step is to take it game by game, whether that's for the U21s here or for Tottenham back at home.
"I'm quite young and all I can do is perform when I'm given the opportunities, I can't read the future and I can't say I should be here or I should be there."
Friday's defeat was the second in a row for Boothroyd's side, but Winks is confident they can compete with the likes of Germany at this summer's European U21 Championships in Poland.
"We've got a lot of confidence in our team; a lot of the boys have played in big matches," he said.
"The German players have a lot of experience, but so do we and we played well in parts of the game."