That would start with a second cap for England U21s against Italy on Tuesday night, continue with more appearances in the Premiership and end with selection for the European U21 Championship in May.
The first step was completed at the weekend when he was named in David Platt's 20-man squad alongside team-mate Anthony Gardner for Tuesday's encounter at Bradford City.
On the bench for Sunday's Premiership win at Fulham, Matty said: "You could name 30 top quality players off the top of your head who could be involved in that squad so the fact I'm in there, I'm obviously going in the right direction.
"I thought I did well last time against Slovenia so hopefully I'll be in David Platt's thoughts.
"It all falls into place, especially if I manage to get 90 minutes here and there before the end of the season.
"If I'm just playing 20 minutes here and there it might be difficult for David Platt to assess me but if I manage to get 90 minutes I've got a chance to prove myself.
"I'm getting more and more opportunites which is a good thing for me personally. That's the main thing at the moment."
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Matthew Etherington hopes everything falls into place for the rest of the season.