Jordan Henderson hopes his match-winning display on Sunday proves he does not need to be rested.
The highly-rated midfielder grabbed the all-important winner for Sunderland over the weekend in their home date with struggling West Ham.
His well-taken effort midway through the first half settled the tie and helped Sunderland into seventh place in the Premier League.
There had been doubts as to whether Henderson would even figure against the Hammers, with Black Cats boss Steve Bruce hinting that the 20-year-old may need a break.
Henderson has starred for Sunderland so far this season, earning England recognition along the way, but he insists a heavy workload for club and country has not left him drained.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "I'm feeling fine. There was the possibility that I might not have been playing, but I made sure in training that I would be.
"I knuckled down because I wanted to play and go out there to show people I'm not tired."
Henderson's winner at the Stadium of Light was his first goal in a year and he admits that he must now look to build on that effort and become a more complete performer.
"It's brilliant to get the goal," he said. "I want to kick on now and see if I can get a few more.
"I need to score a lot more goals and get on the end of a few more chances as well. Hopefully I can do that now for the rest of the season.
"It's been playing on my mind for a while now. I need to step up to the mark and score goals."