“I am very pleased to be back in the England squad given my form, because now I feel 100% match fit,” he said to the Football Association’s official website.
“I was disappointed not to have been picked after Mr Capello’s first game – 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.
“There is a challenge in whatever job you do, and that challenge will always benefit the person. 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.”