Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has urged Sam Allardyce to keep picking him in the Sunderland Echo.
Rodwell has started in Sunderland’s last three matches, and he feels that he is getting better by the game.
The former Everton man has struggled to earn a consistent run of matches ever since he moved to the Stadium of Light in 2014, but he is hoping that he will stay in the first-team for the foreseeable future.
"I’ve played the last three games and I feel fit,” Rodwell said.
“That’s the big thing for me, to stay fit and then I’ll get sharper with every game.
“Hopefully I can stay in and finish the season strong.”
Rodwell’s career so far has been blighted by injury, but if he can stay fit there are no doubts over his quality.
The powerful central midfielder was tipped to have a wonderful career ahead of him while he was breaking through at Everton, but his progress has been halted more recently.
Rodwell has not made the desired impact on Wearside since he made the switch from Manchester City, but he could have a key role to play as the Black Cats look to avoid the drop.
Sunderland are currently in 18th place in the Premier League table, and with just eight games remaining, time is running out for them to make it out of trouble.
Sunderland’s next match comes against West Bromwich Albion after the international break.