Matteo Darmian has not yet to make his senior debut for Italy, but the Torino full-back believes he can make the cut and head to the World Cup.
The 24-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Cesare Prandelli's 30-man preliminary squad that is training in Coverciano, Florence, ahead of the tournament.
"I don't know if I will go to Brazil," Darmian said at Tuesday's press conference. "But I will give everything to impress Prandelli and make his choice all the more difficult.
"I'm working very hard. If I'm honest, at the start of the season I wouldn't have thought I could be a part of the national team. But now I'm proud to have been selected in this group and I want to compete for a spot.
"I know that I have no international experience as I have not played a single game for the national team. But this is all the more stimulating and it would be fantastic to play at the World Cup. I hope I can follow the footsteps of (Juventus left-back Antonio) Cabrini, although Prandelli will have the final say."
Cabrini played at the 1978 World Cup for Italy, despite going into the tournament uncapped. Prandelli revealed he had been monitoring Darmian for some time and was impressed by the Legnano-born defender's strong performances.
"If I'm honest, at the start of the season I wouldn't have thought I could be a part of the national team."
Darmian, who came through the AC Milan youth ranks and made his Serie A debut with the Rossoneri aged just 17, played in all but one league game this season to help Torino finish seventh.
"If I'm here it is thanks to Torino and especially to (Torino coach Giampiero) Ventura," Darmian said. "(Former Milan and current Real Madrid coach Carlo) Ancelotti granted me my league debut, but it's Ventura that has given me the playing time and made me grow as a player. These two coaches are very meticulous and at this level you need that."
Darmian is pleasantly surprised by the great atmosphere in the Azzurri camp. "The group is united," he said. "More than great players we have great people. We are all physically well and really motivated."
Darmian's strong campaign has led to him attracting the attention of top clubs in Italy and in Europe. However, Darmian, who is under contract with the Turin side until June 2017, is fully focused on the task at hand.
"I think I will remain at Torino, although to hear that there are clubs interested in me is something to be pleased about. But I'm not thinking of the transfer market right now, there will be time to do so in the future."
Darmian is expected to earn his first cap in Saturday's friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Craven Cottage. Italy will play against England, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D at the World Cup.