Michael Owen admits he would relish the opportunity to return to the firing line for England.
The 30-year-old lost all hope of playing in the World Cup when suffering a hamstring injury before the tournament.
Were he fit, there is still no guarantee he would feature under Fabio Capello who has so far overlooked the 40-goal striker's ability.
Owen remains nine goals shy of Bobby Charlton's strike record for England and admits the opportunity to close that gap makes massive appeal.
"I missed this tournament through injury and whether I'd have been selected or not is a different matter," Owen told The Sun.
"But I've definitely not retired from international football. If ever I was called upon, I'd go."
A lengthy injury spell has had a damaging impact on Owen's playing career but he insists he is not done with the game.
He is yet to take part in full training at Manchester United this year but says he is determined to be fighting fit for the start of the season.
Like many, Owen, who has led the charge in five competitive tournaments in an England shirt, admits an enormous amount of frustration at seeing the Three Lions bow out of the World Cup so tamely.
"I have been to five tournaments so it has been different watching it," he said.
"You find yourself almost having a manager's or a fan's point of view.
"It has been frustrating for everyone. I have never known so many questions come out of a tournament and so many different opinions about why it went so wrong."