Kyle Walker admits he has endured a difficult summer after being forced to miss Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games.
The Tottenham Hotspur full-back was ruled out of England's European Championship campaign due to a broken toe and he failed to recover in time to be included in Team GB's squad for the Olympics.
He concedes it was hard to watch England reach the quarter-finals without him, but is hoping he will have plenty more opportunities to feature on the international stage in the future.
"It has not been the easiest of summers," said Walker in the Daily Star. "It was horrible watching the Euros.
"I had to watch it at home and it was hard as I really wanted to be out there.
"It was unfortunate the injury came when it did. I felt my form was good and I felt fit and fresh, but sometimes things happen for a reason.
"It makes you want it even more when something like that is taken away from you.
"I'm still young enough to play in several major tournaments, but you can't take things for granted. That's why I was so gutted to miss out."
Walker suffered another injury scare earlier in pre-season when twisting an ankle in the friendly against LA Galaxy, but he is eagerly anticipating the new campaign under Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.
He added: "I'm looking forward to new season. It's a new manager and we have to impress him. We all start from scratch."