Thomas Kaminski believes his move to Rovers has boosted his international credentials with Belgium.

Kaminski has been in each of the last four Belgium squads and has his eyes on a place in Roberto Martinez’s Euro 2020 squad.

To do that he will have to force himself into third choice, having not made the 23-man squad for their World Cup qualifier against Wales on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old has been in excellent form for Rovers since his switch from AA Gent in the summer, and despite being a regular in the Belgian top flight, and playing in the Europa League, he feels regular football in England has been of benefit to his international hopes.

“I am 100 per cent sure they take it more serious if you make the move to England or a bigger competition or country,” said Kaminski, who is in the running for the Rovers player of the year prize.

“It helped me a lot to get seen in the national team and to get the call-up.”

Kaminski is yet to be capped by the Belgium senior side, but has represented his country at youth level up to the Under-21s when he won five caps.

He is currently fourth choice within the squad, and faces a battle to make the 23-man squad for the Euros, with Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge) and Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg) ahead of him in the pecking order.

However, with call-ups in three successive squads, and Martinez well known to the English game following spells in charge of Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton, Kaminski feels he is in with a chance because of the exposure he’s getting at Rovers.

“I think it’s a big thing to represent your country and to be in the squad, especially with the squad they have with the goalkeepers in Belgium,” he said.

“I was really happy to get my chance in the squad.

“I know Martinez was a manager in England as well and I’m sure that he’s watching our games and it was really nice to get a chance there and train with these big players.”

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard and a Romelu Lukaku penalty helped Belgium come from behind to beat Wales on Wednesday night after the visitors led through Harry Wilson.

They are next in action tomorrow when they travel to the Czech Republic in another World Cup qualifier, while their final game of the March break sees them host Belarus on Tuesday.

Kaminski will then travel back to the UK on Wednesday to meet up with his Rovers team-mates who return to Championship action on Good Friday against Wycombe Wanderers.

He has played all but three matches this season since his £450,000 move from AA Gent, and says a strong relationship with boss Tony Mowbray has been key to his time at the club.

“He always has been clear with me about his way of playing, what he expects from his goalkeeper,” he said.

  • Meanwhile, as Amari’i Bell won his first international cap, Corry Evans earned his 65th as the Rovers pair turned out for their countries on Thursday night.

Bell played the full 90 minutes for Jamaica on his international debut as they lost 4-1 to USA in Austria in their sole match of the international window.

The 26-year-old earned his first call-up for the Reggae Boyz and played 90 minutes at left back in the defeat in Austria and will now return to the UK with no more scheduled matches.

Jamaica start their World Cup qualifiers in September when Bell, out of contract at Rovers in the summer, will hope to earn a second call-up.

Evans meanwhile continues to be a regular for his country, the 30-year-old lining up in midfield for Ian Baraclough’s side in Pisa as they were beaten 2-0 in their World Cup qualifier.

The midfielder was substituted at half time, but will look to keep his starting place when they face USA on Sunday, before their final game against Belarus on Wednesday.

It is 12 years since Evans made his Northern Ireland bow, also against Italy, with this his first Northern Ireland appearance since October having missed the Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, and other two November fixtures, because of a hamstring injury.