Liverpool winger Milan Jovanovic has revealed he does not want to be considered to play for national team Serbia while he is not a regular with his club side.
Jovanovic has been a regular for this country and played in the World Cup, seeing red in one of their games, but is honest enough to know when he does not deserve to be picked.
The 29-year-old moved to Anfield this summer on a free transfer after talks with Rafael Benitez but, before the Serb completed his move to Liverpool, Benitez was sacked.
Media reports claimed his move was in jeopardy while the club remained managerless but Jovanovic insisted he would move to Anfield – which he did.
However, he has now fallen down the pecking order under new boss Roy Hodgson and gthere have been rumours that he would leave the club in Januray.
Having quashed that speculation, Jovanovic has now imposed a sabbatical upon himself while he bids to recover his Premier League form.
The Liverpool winger told Sport.co.uk: “Did I go to the airport to wish my friends good luck before the game in Sofia? No, because I didn't want to be in the spotlight for nothing. This isn't how I do things.
"I am 29 years old and I have a career which is quite good but I know when I am not playing well and that is why I told my national coach (Vladimir) Petrovic that I don't want to be called up until I am playing first-team football at Liverpool.
"This is the honest thing to do and I wouldn't have it any other way,” he added just a week after confirming his commitment to regaining his place in the Liverpool first team.
Having played just seven games this season, last week he said: “The opening of the transfer window means nothing to me because all I am thinking about is getting more minutes with Liverpool.”
"I am a footballer that wants to succeed in England. I am proud that a great club like Anderlecht are rumoured to be interested in my services but my place is in Liverpool.”