Leicester centre Anthony Allen admitted his slim chances of making England's side for the RBS 6 Nations rely on the Tigers progressing in the Heineken Cup.
The 23-year-old was on the score sheet on Saturday as Leicester saw off French outfit Clermont Auvergne 20-15 to boost their hopes of making it out of the pool stages
And Allen – who has made just two appearances in a red rose jersey – insists the only way he will force his way into Martin Johnson’s plans is by impressing in Europe’s premier competition.
“The Heineken Cup is the scene where you have to go and prove you can go on and play international rugby,” said Allen.
“It is a massive opportunity for every player and that is why everyone wants to play in it. At Leicester we need to get some away form going as well to help us in the league.
“Despite beating Clermont we weren’t the best we can be against them but it is a step in the right direction for me, the club and everyone.”