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Caulker targets World Cup spot

Steven Caulker believes joining Cardiff City will boost his chances of securing a place in England's World Cup squad.

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Steven Caulker: Has his sights set on next year's World Cup in Brazil

Steven Caulker: Has his sights set on next year's World Cup in Brazil

The 21-year-old defender joined the Premier League newcomers for £8m on Wednesday, signing a four-year contract.

Caulker, who has one England cap to his name, made 28 appearances in total for Spurs last season but felt he needed to be first-choice at a Premier League club to fulfil his international ambitions.

"If you ask any English player, they have got one eye on the World Cup," he said.

"First and foremost I am going to have to work hard on and off the pitch to earn that sort of achievement, but it is something I am definitely working towards.

"It wasn't that I wanted to leave Tottenham but I am at a stage in my career where I want to play regular football.

"Spurs have three fantastic centre-halves and it may have been a case of being fourth-choice this season and not getting as many games as I would have liked.

"I didn't want to put my career on hold, I wanted to get out and get as much experience as possible and these opportunities don't come around very often.

"I want to help Cardiff progress as a team and progress myself."

No-brainer

Caulker had a loan spell with Swansea City during the 2011-12 season and he says that experience was a factor in his switch to Cardiff.

"I enjoyed my time at Swansea and the people in south Wales are great so it was a no-brainer to move here," he said.

"I thank Swansea for that opportunity, it progressed my career, but now I am a Cardiff player and I hope to go above and beyond for them.

"I spoke to a few Swansea players before their game (against Malmo) last night, I wished them luck and they wished me luck. There are no hard feelings between us as players.

"It will be fantastic to be involved in the derby, I played in a London derby a few years ago and I am definitely looking forward to this one."

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