Micah Richards is determined to make the most of his second shot at becoming an England regular and is hoping to be involved at Euro 2012.
The Manchester City defender made his first start for his country since October 2007 on Wednesday when he lined up in a friendly date with Holland.
He was unable to prevent England from slipping to a dramatic 3-2 defeat against the Dutch, but slipped seamlessly back into the fold after a spell in the international wilderness.
Former Three Lions boss Fabio Capello regularly chose to overlook Richards and the 23-year-old admits he is now looking to put a disappointing period in his career behind him and prove that he is deserving of a place in the 23-man squad travelling to this summer's European Championship.
"Now that I've played, I'll be honest and say it wasn't nice (not to get selected) especially when you play in a team that finished third in the Premier League last season," said Richards.
"We're top of the league now and, when you're still getting overlooked, it is hard but I've got the chance now again.
"Every player wants to play in the major tournaments and it's up to me now just to keep my form up for the rest of the season and, whoever the manager will be, hope they select me.
"I'm still a young lad trying to learn all the time but I'm delighted to be playing again for my country.
"It feels like I'm starting all over again, like another debut, after so long since I played for England.
"It is over four years since I made a start and the last time I wore the shirt at Wembley was the second half in a friendly against France.
"Different managers like different players and all I can do is keep working hard and, if I do go on and win the league and my form is still good, then fingers crossed."
Richards is reluctant to be tagged as a utility man, as he can operate at right-back or at centre-half, but appreciates that his versatility could play into his hands when the Euro 2012 squad is announced.
He said: "I've played right-back for the last two years but I feel I can play in both positions.
"I don't want to be used as a utility player but if asked, I can play both positions.
"Hopefully that will be an advantage for me going into the tournament and my attacking instincts can hopefully be a big weapon this summer. But it's just down to whether they pick me or not."