England's Wilfried Zaha sets sights on Under-21 Euros to prove a point

• Forward sees it as the perfect stage to show what he can do
• Scored his first goal for Stuart Pearce's side on Thursday night

The world is waiting to see whether Wilfried Zaha really is worth all the fuss and, after scoring his first goal for England Under-21s on Thursday night, he believes that this summer's European Championship will provide him with the perfect stage to show what he can do.

Despite playing in an unfamiliar position on his own up front in the 3-0 win over Romania, Zaha still excelled and his wonderful first-half opener earned him the man of the match award.

Zaha, who will join Manchester United from Crystal Palace for £10m this summer, has been the subject of intense attention this season and he has admitted that the pressure can be difficultto handle.

However, while the expectation surrounding the 20-year-old will be huge, he feels that the Euros will help his development ahead of his moveto United.

"It will be more practice for me this summer for when I go into pre-season training with Manchester United," he said.

"It's a chance for me to better myself in different ways and to go out and prove myself on a big stage. It means a lot to me because for all the good stuff I hear about me, people saying I'm a good player, there are many that say I'm overrated, so this is a great chance for me to show what I'm all about and why I have got to where I am."

Zaha's outstanding performances for Palace persuaded Roy Hodgson to give him his first senior cap in a friendly against Sweden in November, although for the time being he feels more at home playing for the Under-21s.

"The difference is I am more star-struck when I'm playing with the senior England players as opposed to the Under-21s,"he said.

"Playing with the likes of Steven Gerrard is ridiculous, especially because of his passing range, but it is also enjoyable playing with the Under-21s as we can have a good laugh and we're playingwell together.

"I don't think I'll get used to it for a long time because I've been watching these players on Match of the Day for years.

"To actually play with them and to be called up with them, wearing the England shirt, I'm not sure I will ever get used to it. I'm going to have to try and get used to it and go and play my own game.

"I do feel the pressure and the hardest thing about being a footballer is to cope with it."

England's match against Austria on Monday is their final one before the manager, Stuart Pearce, names his squad for the tournament in Israel.

Against Romania, the side set a new record at this level by winning their eighth game in a row and they have not conceded a goal for 722 minutes, a run stretching back to November 2011.

"We have got a massive chance this summer, because it allows the strikers to just concentrate on scoring goals when you know at the back we are so solid and never concede any," Zaha said. "We can work up top without worrying."

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