Phil Jagielka is hoping to enjoy a productive end to the season, starting with England's meeting with Wales.
The Everton defender admits the 2010/11 campaign has been a 'topsy-turvy' one on a personal level, with injuries and a lack of consistency at Goodison Park having left him and his club colleagues frustrated.
He has, however, fared admirably for his country when called upon and has started every game he has been available for, including Euro 2012 qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria.
Jagielka hopes he can maintain those high standards this weekend if, as expected, he is paired alongside John Terry at the heart of Fabio Capello's back four.
He said: "It has been a topsy-turvy season for the whole team at Everton and I would definitely put myself into that bracket as well. I am quite self-critical.
"I know when I have played well. I don't need to pick up a paper to see what rating I have got and I have family and friends around to tell me if I need to start livening up and putting better performances in.
"I have picked up a few niggling injuries along the way, which has been frustrating.
"I certainly would have liked to play better over the course of the season at Everton but I have done quite well when I have played for England, which is a bit strange."
Should Jagielka be given the nod on Saturday, he will line up alongside the England captain.
Former skipper Terry has been handed the armband for a second time in the wake of Rio Ferdinand's ongoing injury problems, and Jagielka is backing the Chelsea centre-half to slip seamlessly back into the role.
"John goes about his business the way he has always done," he said.
"He is the first to smash you in training. He is also the first to shake your hand and pick you up.
"He was probably gutted inside when he lost the armband but he never let that show.
"It does make me smile when you read there is this big divide in the camp. I can't see anything.
"He is a nice guy. He speaks to everyone. He has no best friends or worst friends. I am delighted to have him as a captain.
"I have been able to play with him a few times for England and hopefully I will get to play a few more, but I am sure whoever the manager chooses will do a good job."