Kevin Wimmer says he is out to impress for Spurs between now and the end of the season as he targets a Euro 2016 role for Austria.
The defender has enjoyed more action for Tottenham in recent weeks after Jan Vertonghen’s injury and he will hope to continue to play a part for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the domestic campaign reaches its climax.
He’s managed 90 minutes in Spurs’ last three league games and has made nine Premier League appearances this season in total, but Wimmer’s focus at the moment, however, is Austria and he hopes to do well in the international games against Albania today and Turkey on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old said: “It’s a very good time for me now that I’ve played so many games. We’ve had a game pretty much every three days, I always try to improve myself and to show my best in those matches and it’s always important for the national team that you play at your club and produce good games.
“I think I have done a lot recently and hopefully showed the national coach that, at the moment, I am enjoying some good performances. Of course, it’s just friendly matches for us now but if I get the chance to play I will try, like I do for Tottenham, to show my best.”
Wimmer has just two caps for Austria and often has to settle for a place on the bench, with Leicester defender Christian Fuchs first-choice at left-back.
He’s likely to earn a place in their Euro 2016 squad, though, and he says his country have made great strides in the last few years
He added: “We have a very good team, most of our players are playing in the German Bundesliga and even four or five now play in the Premier League.
“Of course, Christian Fuchs is a very important player for our national team – he’s the captain and he’s a leader in the group. Obviously he’s doing well with Leicester.
“With the national side, though, in the last few years the development of the Austrian football team has been incredible. We had a very good qualification campaign for the Euros and I think we also have a good chance to win the two friendly matches this week against Albania and Turkey.”