Jermain Defoe admits the prospect of a trip to Germany at the end of the season will provide him with an added motivating force for the coming campaign.
Not that he really needs one, the bubbly striker has high hopes for a successful season at club level and international recognition on the biggest stage would, he feels, be a reward for his endeavors in the domestic front.
The 22-year-old will be seeking to improve on his 22 goals netted last season and he displayed against Porto that his predatory instincts are very much in order with two superb strikes against the former Champions League winners at the conclusion of what has been a promising pre-season spell for the team.
"It's been good!" agreed Jermain. "We came back - there were a number of new faces - and the games came around quite quickly, which is always nice for a player.
"Everyone has worked hard in pre-season and we now look fit and sharp."
Looking particularly on their game have been the strikers, who have scored 17 goals between them in first team encounters over the preparation period.
"Definitely, when you've got four top strikers at a club - five including Mounir - the competition is obviously tight and everyone wants to do well to try and impress the gaffer. All the strikers look sharp, which is good," added Jermain, who pointed out the front men have also turned provider for each other on a number of occasions.
"When you are a forward you want to score goals and all of us are like that. I've played alongside Mido quite a lot in the games this pre-season and we have supplied each other quite a bit, which is what we've got to do."
As far as his hunch for the new season goes, improvement is clearly high on the agenda of the England international and he takes encouragement from the achievement of Everton last season.
"Like I said, there has been new faces come in and I think Edgar Davids will make a massive difference. I've spoken to a lot of people and they ask if I think we can make the Champions League. I replied saying Everton did it.
"If you look at our squad it is probably stronger than last year. If you look at Everton they worked so hard, were organised in the way they played and had a great season. I can't see why we can't do that.
"You need mental strength at the top level. The football season is so long and you are obviously going to have your ups and downs - if we stay strong we can hopefully have a great year."
A great year that would be nicely topped off by a seat on the flight to Germany in the likely event of England qualifying for the World Cup...
"It will be on my mind, but I just want to keep doing my stuff. If I keep scoring goals and play well then hopefully I will be on the plane."