Much-maligned Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has asked Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for an opportunity to play more regularly between now and the end of the season, admitting that a lack of match sharpness affected his performance against England last night.
Bendtner was often isolated in a lone front role during Denmark's 1-0 defeat at Wembley, but was surely grateful for the game time after starting just three games for Arsenal all season long.
The 26-year-old is almost certain to find a new club when his contract at the Emirates expires at the end of the current campaign, but wants Wenger to give him another chance at the business end of the season with silverware still up for grabs.
He told the Daily Star: "Well, I am trying to keep myself as fit and sharp as possible. It is difficult when you only train, but I hope to play more obviously.
"You can train as much as you like, but there is a big difference between training a lot and playing games on a regular basis.
"I could feel within myself that I have not played in a long time, but I am looking to make the change.
Bendtner has scored twice in the Premier League season, with his most notable contribution a decisive late strike against Cardiff City in January after coming on as a substitute.
Wenger has largely overlook the forward though despite having limited options in a lone front role, recently preferring Yaya Sanogo in attack against Liverpool and Bayern Munuch despite resting leading striker Olivier Giroud.
With the games coming thick and fast Bendtner may well get his wish before the end of the campaign, as Arsenal face up to the prospect of facing Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton back-to-back in their next four Premier League games.