England defender wants a World Cup spot following move from Spurs to Cardiff City
Steven Caulker is eyeing up a place in the World Cup next summer, following his record-breaking move to Cardiff City.
The England defender made an £8m switch from Tottenham Hotspur to the Premier League newcomers this week.
And with the chance of more regular football at the Cardiff City Stadium, the 21-year-old believes he can challenge for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad this season as World Cup qualification resumes in September.
Caulker said: "If you ask any English player, they have got one eye on the World Cup.
"First and foremost I am going to have to work hard on and off the pitch to earn that sort of achievement, but it is something I am definitely working towards.”
Having played for the Three Lions at U19 and Under-21 level in recent years, Caulker made his senior debut last season, scoring in the game against Sweden in November.
The west London-born centre-half featured for the Under-21s in their Euro Finals in Israel this summer before making his surprise switch to South Wales.
And he admits that it was the lure of playing regularly in the Premier League under Malky Mackay that helped him make the choice to leave White Hart Lane.
He added: "It wasn't that I wanted to leave Tottenham but I am at a stage in my career where I want to play regular football.
"Spurs have three fantastic centre-halves and it may have been a case of being fourth-choice this season and not getting as many games as I would have liked.
"I didn't want to put my career on hold, I wanted to get out and get as much experience as possible and these opportunities don't come around very often.
"I want to help Cardiff progress as a team and progress myself."