Amid suggestions that his England career could be coming to an end, Frank Lampard is intent on proving he still has plenty to offer Chelsea.
As he heads into the twilight of his career, many are questioning whether the 33-year-old can still provide Fabio Capello with what he desires on the international stage.
The England boss still claims Lampard is part of his plans heading towards Euro 2012, but the Italian did bench the midfielder as the Three Lions eased past Bulgaria last Friday.
Capello did, however, grant Lampard a place back in the starting line-up to face Wales, although he failed to demonstrate he is necessarily worth a spot in England's first choice XI.
Lampard, though, is particularly experienced when it comes to being barracked for his performances on international duty, and admirably takes the criticism in his stride.
"When I was 25, I probably would have had a different reaction to it all," said Lampard.
"Once you've been around the block a little bit you understand how things are and my main aim is to play for Chelsea every week."
Even by his own admission, Lampard has yet to show his true colours so far this season, although he expects to get back to his free-flowing best sooner rather than later.
"I've not flown out of the blocks with Chelsea but I don't think Chelsea have as a group, either," he added. "I tend to get stronger if I get more games into me.
"I missed half a season last year and it was the first time I'd had niggles throughout a season, and I carried them a bit during the pre-season just gone
"But no excuses. I'm going to hopefully be on top form very soon."