Last Updated: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:59
Emmanuel Frimpong is hoping to use his loan at Fulham to force his way into Ghana's squad for their 2014 World Cup qualification bid.
The 21-year-old midfielder joined the Cottagers from Arsenal in the January transfer window and made his debut in Saturday's goalless draw at Norwich City.
And, having battled back from two serious knee injuries in his short career, Frimpong is looking to use the example set by his Gunners team-mate Jack Wilshere to force his way into his national team.
Wilshere has overcome his own long-term problems to return to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's first-team plans and he also picked up the man-of-the-match award for his display in England's friendly win against Brazil at Wembley last Wednesday.
"That is football, sometimes you are going to get good luck, sometimes you are going to get bad luck, and I have had loads of injuries, but I mean to get over it just like Jack has," Frimpong said.
"He has got over his injury and now he is playing for England. That is what I am trying and do - to get over my injuries and start playing football on a regular basis."
Frimpong added: "Jack is a great footballer. For his age and for what he is doing, he is an inspiration obviously because every young player in the Premier League wants to achieve what he is doing."
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