Wright-Phillips responded to snub

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Shaun Wright-Phillips feels being dropped from the England squad helped "kick" him back into regaining top form - and an international recall.

The winger - who in August returned to Manchester City in a £8.5million deal from Chelsea - was included in Fabio Capello's plans for his first match in charge against Switzerland at Wembley in February.

The 26-year-old then found himself out in the cold again when the squads were named for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia. "I was disappointed not to have been picked after Mr Capello's first game," he said. "But I respected the boss for it and it did some good as it helped kick me into shape because I knew then I had to perform, to get better and better."

Since Capello's snub Wright-Phillips has produced a string of decent displays back with City - which resulted in him being chosen ahead of David Bentley by the Italian coach for the latest round of international games, with Kazakhstan and then Belarus next week.

"I am very pleased to be back in the England squad given my form, because now I feel 100% match fit," added Wright-Phillips.

"I did not think my England career was too far gone to worry about resurrection.

"I am just glad to be back here with the team again.

"I am delighted with my club form and I just need to carry it on to the training with England and then put myself in a position to get another call."

Wright-Phillips, who has 19 caps to date, added: "Everyone now knows what the boss wants and the way he wants things done. He likes everyone to be 100% fit, to play well and do their job.

"As long as everyone does those things and can play the way we have been doing, then I do not think there will be a problem."

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