Barton told City’s website: “It’s not for me to decide, that’s for other people. I’d much rather win a trophy here than play for England. I’ll take every game as it comes, in football you are only as good as your last game, and if I don’t do so well next week then we are back to square one.
“It’s not about me, it’s about how this football club does going forward. The better it does, and if I am playing well week-in, week-out then I can’t be ignored much longer. I’ll just keep my head down, keep doing what I need to do for Manchester City and if the call comes, so be it.
“At the minute we are doing quite well, we are happy with the way we are progressing but it’s important not to get too far ahead of yourself. Ultimately it’s all about the next game and that’s all we can take care of.”