Tottenham defender Michael Dawson is still hopeful that he can earn a spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
Dawson has been a fixture at the back for Tottenham since the arrival of manager Andre Villas-Boas last season, having turned down a move to QPR in order to stay and fight for his place.
The 30-year-old forms part of one of the most successful defences in the Premier League - only Southampton have shipped less than the six conceded by Tottenham in 11 games this term.
Despite that Dawson has appeared just four times for England - the last time coming against Wales back in 2011.
Competition for a place at the heart of England's defence should be fierce now that both Rio Ferdinand and John Terry are out of the equation, and the Tottenham man is still optimistic that he can earn a call up ahead of the World Cup next summer.
“I must be doing something right if everyone is saying [I should be given a chance] but I’m obviously not doing something quite right if the England manager isn’t picking me. Football can be a funny game," he told TalkSPORT.
“The boys playing for England are top players. I want to be in their shoes. I don’t hide that. I’m striving to be back in the squad.
“I would love it to happen. I’ve always said playing for my country is a massive honour. I’ve got four caps and I’d love to add to them.
“The lads who qualified for the World Cup were fantastic. Personally, all I can do is keep my head down at Tottenham and hopefully keep performing well. If the results go right, who knows?
“All the English players would love to be on the plane to Brazil and I’m no different.”
England lost both of their games during the international break, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Chile last Friday before going down 1-0 against Germany on Tuesday.
Tottenham, who went into the break with a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle, will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Manchester City this weekend.