“Listen, I’m not suddenly going to turn round and say ‘I’m not playing, I’m not going to turn up’. “I know I can be a big help for the other players, whether I’m playing or not, both on and off the pitch.
“I wouldn’t say it is brutal. There are many people playing in the Premier League and around the country who would only dream of being part of an England squad.
“I’ve done it 117 times but, of course, a time comes where there might be a bit of a change. All I can do is keep working and turning up, so that I am ready when called upon.
“It is something which you have to go through and I am big enough to deal with it.
“I believe I can back from this. Of course I do. I am 30 years of age, I am not 35 or 36 where you are thinking ‘Can you get back from it?’