Fulham striker Bobby Zamora says he is far from disappointed about not getting on the pitch for England against Switzerland on Saturday - because he'd written off playing for the national side.
The Fulham striker was an unused sub in England's last Euro qualifier of the season, missing the chance to stake a claim in the absence of a suspended Wayne Rooney.
But that was not how he chose to see it.
"To be honest, I'd ruled out any international involvement again this season after the long break because of my injury," said Zamora, who was sidelined for months soon after gaining his first cap last August against Hungary.
"I'm just pleased to be back fully fit. That's the main thing for me. I haven't dwelt on what might have been for England. Getting fit again and back on the field was always the bigger picture for me.
"Being with England again is really special and a bonus."
Zamora added: "Could I have made a difference? You never know do you. I'd like to think so, but in the end, although I wasn't involved, it's nice to be in the set up.
"It's obviously going to be difficult to break in to the starting line up. We've got some great strikers like Peter Crouch, who's got a great record and wasn't even on the bench.
"I've got to just keep working hard and keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully I'll be involved in the squad again next season."