Razvan Rat is eyeing success for Club and country after completing an important week of commitments with West Ham United and Romania.
The left-back made his maiden Barclays Premier League appearance for the Hammers as a substitute in Sunday's goalless draw at Southampton.
In the previous week, he had also earned his 90th and 91st caps for Romania in two FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Hungary and Turkey, experiencing a win and a defeat that leave his nation's hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 in the balance.
Reflecting on those matches in an interview with West Ham TV, the No8 is now hoping to make his maiden league start for West Ham in next Saturday's home fixture with Everton.
"I am happy that I made my debut in the Premier League," confirmed the Romania captain. "I had to wait a long time and I now hope to start in the next game and to play more.
"Southampton were pressing us and they had the pressure, but we did well. We kept a clean sheet and also we had a very, very big chance through James Collins.
"I told him that I was already with my hands up [celebrating] but he didn't have a good shot. That happens. Afterwards, it's a good away point and it's true that they had a lot of chances and I think it was a fair result.
"Jussi Jaaskelainen was ready. We had some dangerous moments, but he made some great saves."
Rat recently spoke to the official website of his former club Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukrainian champions, in which he spoke of being patient and waiting for his chance to shine.
The defender also praised manager Sam Allardyce for his honest management style and enjoyable training sessions.
"Everything I said about my feelings and emotions was true in that interview. I said that the manager told me the Premier League is very different so he said 'First you watch, then you play'.
"I have had to wait to play and I think this will come soon. I hope I will do well and won't give the shirt back. I want to play regularly."
Rat's next test could come against an Everton side who beat Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
"We saw the game and that Chelsea had a lot of pressure on them, but Everton scored and won the game and that is all that matters.
"None of the games look like the others so they will have a hard game at West Ham. We look forward to winning."
Concentrating on international matters, Romania's FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off place is in the balance following a home victory over Hungary and defeat by Turkey in recent days.
Romania sit fourth in Group D with two matches to play in Andorra and at home to Estonia. With second and third-place Hungary and Turkey still to play runaway leaders Netherlands, Rat knows his country still have a chance to finish as runners-up and reach the November play-offs.
"We have two games left and are in a little bit of a difficult situation now. We need to win both games away to Andorra and home to Estonia.
"Turkey and Hungary both play against Holland, who have already qualified, so we need them to play fair. This is the most important thing, but if they play like they usually do then I think they will win.
"I hope to reach 100 caps at the World Cup. It's an honour to play so many times for the national team and to be captain and I really hope to get 100 or maybe more."
After reaching the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in 1994 and reaching the last eight at the 2000 UEFA European Championship finals, Romania have qualified for just one major tournament - Euro 2008.
For that reason, Rat would love nothing more than to lead his country to Brazil.
"It would mean a lot because we weren't at a final tournament for a lot of time, so we need to be there.
"Let's get into the play-off and then the World Cup. It's true that it's a long way, but anything is possible."