Leicester City winger Demarai Gray has expressed his desire to break into the senior England squad after spending the summer watching the Three Lions exploits at the World Cup in the pub.
22-year-old Gray joined Leicester from boyhood club Birmingham City in January 2016 and collected a Premier League winners medal that same season as the Foxes shocked the football world by winning the title.
However, it was only after Claude Puel took over at the King Power last November that Gray has established himself as a regular in the starting XI and the England U21 international has admitted that he is now looking to kick on and secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.
“I think it’s time I take the next step in my game,’’ Gray told Premier League Productions.
“I’m 22 now and I’m maturing as a player and as a person. I’m training every day and taking each game as it comes trying to cement my place in the starting XI.
“I think because I’ve been around first-team football since I was 17, I know the ins and outs of what goes on, what’s to be expected and the highs and lows.
“I don’t want to be watching England from the pub, I want to be at the next Euros, at the next World Cup.
“I think that’s my next target and to do that, I’ve got to keep working on my game here at Leicester and performing.”