Allardyce said: “As well as Kevin plays, as many goals as he scores, he still has another level he needs to get to.
“And that’s clear now because he’s played consistently well for a number of years.
“He has to go up one or two per cent in every single department and then he’ll definitely break into the England side.
“But that one or two per cent’s a huge step and that has to be made on a consistent level to compete with those other players.
“The competition is one of the biggest problems.
“Gerrard, Lampard and Hargreaves are playing in the Champions League – so it’s hugely difficult for Kevin Nolan who is playing at Bolton.”