Swansea City's Nathan Dyer will be wondering what he has to do to earn an England call-up, after being omitted from Roy Hodgson's squad once again for the upcoming European qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.
The 26-year-old has started the new season in fine form, scoring three goals in seven appearances but that was not enough to impress the England manager enough to double the number of Swansea players in the Three Lions squad this time around.
Jonjo Shelvey was called up, but Dyer and fellow England hopeful Wayne Routledge were left wondering what more they need to do, but Dyer is adamant that Shelvey's call-up represents solid progress for the trio, and he is happy that the midfielder has made the squad.
“We were sitting there when he got the message, me, Jonjo and Wayne Routledge. We congratulated him. He’s the first player to be picked while at Swansea, so it’s a massive achievement for him and the club," he told the Times.
“I wasn't expecting [to be called up], but you do hope that maybe, maybe this will be the time. It wasn't to be. I will just have to keep working and hope my time will come. I am really happy for Shelvey. I am just happy someone from Swansea has been picked.”
Calls for Dyer to make the England team have been gathering pace for some time, and the fact that Andros Townsend has made the squad ahead of him once again has left many bemused.
The Spurs man has not started a league game this season, and has yet to net in the Premier League since adding his first for Spurs 12 months ago.
Games against San Marino and Estonia should be comfortable for England, and Hodgson had the chance to experiment with some players that are on the fringes of international selection, but Dyer is remaining positive and hopes that the recent trend of call-ups from lesser sides in the Premier League continue.
“In the past, you looked at England players and they would be at the big teams. It is only recently that players from smaller clubs have been given a chance, and it is nice to know that is happening.
"But with the resources and players they have, it is always hard work when you play those games. It is hard if you are getting assessed at the bigger teams, because it is harder to express yourself. You just have to perform, though, because you have to perform against the best to play for England.”