Southampton striker Rickie Lambert says he will keep fighting to stake his claim for a place at next summer's World Cup.
The 31-year-old has recently made his way into the England squad, and made his debut and scored against Scotland in a friendly at Wembley back in August. And Lambert said he would relish the chance to play in Brazil next year.
He told The Daily Mirror: "There's a lot of things that have got to happen between now and then.
"I'll just keep working hard. I've never taken anything for granted. And if that chance does come then, yes, I will take it."
The former non-league forward has retained his place in the England squad after manager Roy Hodgson called him up for the vital qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, and the third oldest England debutant since 1954 is still determined to wear the Three Lions shirt.
"If I don't get to play for England again, I'll still be happy with what I have achieved so far.
"This is already the best season of my career.
"Obviously, I don't need to tell you how determined I am not to let it end now. But if it did, then I am more than happy with the way it has gone."
It has been a remarkable rise for a man who was working in a beetroot factory, and he hopes his rise up the footballing ladder can help inspire others to do the same.
"I'm hoping to inspire other people to not give up because if you are good enough, you will get to where you want to go," said Lambert.
Lambert has two goals to his name this season, and has helped Southampton rise to fourth place in the Premier League, but he is still keen for improvement.
"Personally, I feel I can improve even further," he added.
"Being around the England set-up will bring more out of me. I might be 31 but there is so much still for me to learn from the manager and the players".
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