West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing has written off his chances of playing for England again.
The 30-year-old made his debut for the Three Lions in 2005, but he has been able to make only 34 appearances for his country since.
Downing’s last appearance for England was in May 2012, and although he was part of the Euro 2012 campaign, he did not play a single minute in the tournament.
The former Liverpool midfielder has since found himself out of manager Roy Hodgson’s plans, and it seems that Downing himself is fostering no hopes of making a comeback to the England squad.
‘As for the calls about an England call up, obviously I'd love to be involved again’, the former Aston Villa star wrote on West Ham’s official website.
‘It's the pinnacle of every player's career to represent their country so to have won 34 caps is something I'm very proud of. Realistically I don't think I'll get picked at the moment.
'Roy Hodgson is going for younger players which is fair enough, that's his decision. All I can do is try my best, keep playing well and we'll see what happens from there’.
Hodgson has indeed made it a point to give young players more chances. The likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have retired, and the bulk of the England squad is made of young, promising and hungry players.