CHRIS BIRCHALL wants to put his World Cup experience to good use by terrorising Town and the rest of League I next season.
The Port Vale midfielder was part of the Trinidad and Tobago team who pushed England hard before going down 2-0 in Nuremburg last week.
Having held Sweden goalless in their first Group B game, the Caribbean side could still go through if they beat Paraguay tomorrow and England get the better of Sweden.
But even if he's heading back to the Potteries on Wednesday, Birchall believes both he and his club will benefit from him appearing on the global stage.
"I'm only 22, so I've hopefully got 10 or 12 years ahead of me, and this is something I can gain from," said Birchall, who was born in Tunstall, near Stoke, but qualifies for the so-called Soca Warriors through his mother, who was born in Port of Spain.
"I aim to take my experiences back to Port Vale and improve."
Birchall figured in both meetings with Town last season, with Vale winning 3-0 at the Galpharm in December before a 1-1 draw in Burslem in March.
Inconsistency meant Martin Foyle's side finished 13th, and they'll be determined to improve next time time around with a squad which includes ex-Town frontman Akpo Sodje, who has been signed from Darlington.
Birchall, meanwhile, fears that without a big improvement on the way they played in Nuremburg, England's World Cup bid will end in failure.
"From that performance, they have not got enough," he said.
"Wayne Rooney's a great player but I think it will take him five or six games to get fully fit and the nation can't expect him to do it on his own.
"He is the idol of the country and there is a lot of pressure on him.
"To be fair to England, they have always been slow starters in major tournaments.
"There has been criticism, but they have won two games without conceding a goal so that is something to take heart from."
On facing his country of birth, Birchall said: "It was a great occasion, one I will never forget.
"We were very resilient and it was disappointing to lose so late.
"You want to play against the best, and they are the best in England and some of the best in the world, so I'm more than satisfied."