Aberdeen striker Simon Church has revealed he is desperate to line up against England at Euro 2016.
Wales are set to take on Roy Hodgson’s side at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens in the second of their Group B fixtures at this summer’s championships.
The Principality qualified for their first major tournament since 1958 after finishing runners-up to Belgium in their qualifying group.
As luck would have it, they would be paired with their next door neighbours, a game Welsh boss Chris Coleman had stated he wanted to avoid.
But while Coleman may not have wanted the English, the Dons striker is relishing the possibility.
When asked if he would like to play against Wayne Rooney & Co, Church said: “Of course.
“That will be a big one, especially with the build-up in the media.
“But as a player I want to be involved in every single game.”
Indeed Church, who has won 33 international caps, started the first three games for Wales in their Euro qualifying campaign, against Andorra, Bosnia and Cyprus.
A shoulder injury would see him drop out of the team, although he would return to come off the bench for each of their final four qualifiers.
Those included their goalless draw against Israel in Cardiff, where he thought he had scored an injury-time winner to seal their place at the Euros – only for it to be ruled out for offside.
But Church, who netted his first international goal against Scotland in a 3-0 win in November 2009, has insisted he has his sights set on returning to the starting 11 alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
The 27-year-old admitted his decision to make a deadline day loan switch to Pittodrie from MK Dons was motivated by that desire.
“That is the big thing for me, my big focus is to not only be in that squad but try to break into the starting team,” Church said.
“To do that I have to play games and score goals.
“I started the first three qualifying games and then I dislocated my shoulder.
“We then went on a great run and I was coming off the bench and it was very, very hard to get back in the team.
“It was great to be part of something like that – the achievement was amazing.
“But I want to be pushing on and I want to be more of a part of it.
“Obviously my playing time last season and this season has been a bit staggered.
“So to help me have a better chance at the Euros I have to play and score goals.
“I have been quite lucky that I have been in most of the squads.
“I am very honoured to be in that position and I have to keep that up and keep pushing.”
Church has certainly made a big impact in his short time with Aberdeen, netting a debut goal in a 2-1 victory against Celtic, before playing a key part as the Dons won 4-3 away to St Johnstone to move level at the top of the Scottish Premiership table alongside the Hoops.