Tim Ream hopes his consistent form for Bolton can earn him a spot in the USA national squad ahead of the summer’s FIFA World Cup.
The Americans were handed a difficult-looking draw for next summer’s tournament in Brazil.
Jurgen Klinnsmann’s USA side were grouped his home nation, Germany, as well as Ghana and Portugal.
And Ream, who during recent international breaks has been included in a number of provisional United States squads, hopes to get the nod in the run-up the football’s showpiece competition.
“Every person who plays this game, it is their dream to play in the World Cup and play at the highest level,” Ream said. “I obviously hope to be chosen for the squad, but that doesn’t really matter if I’m not playing here.
“I need to keep playing regular games and performing for Bolton and hopefully that can stand me in good stead ahead of the summer.
“At the moment I’m right there on the bubble. I’ve been in a lot of the long lists for the national team squads which is nice. At the end of the day you want to be involved in every camp that becomes available.
“Again, that only becomes available if you’re playing games for your club. Hopefully I can keep on doing that here at Bolton and sneak in the national team squad ahead of the tournament.
“Regarding the draw, we’ve got a bit of a difficult one. Some will probably say it’s the hardest of the lot. England didn’t get a favourable draw either, so I’d say those two certainly look the toughest.
“There are one or two interesting story lines, with Jurgen Klinsmann having coached the German national team and having won the World Cup with them as a player.
“You then throw in Portugal and we all know who plays on that team. It’s definitely a difficult group for us.”