Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is hoping to get back to top form and win a place in the England squad as the race for a place at the 2014 World Cup finals enters the final straight.
Johnson, 25, has not played for England since an international friendly against Italy in August last year. Since moving to Sunderland from Manchester City that same month his form has been patchy at best and he has fallen down coach Roy Hodgson's pecking order.
Johnson told Sky Sports News: "Playing for a winning team that's flying is so much better, and it's difficult when you are in a bit of a battle. My personal form could be better and we are going through a tough time as a club. All those factors have a bearing on the squad.
"It's difficult to watch from the outside. I have got to work hard and do my best to get back in that squad. I have been in a few squads with England with Roy Hodgson as manager. Hopefully I'm not being forgotten about. I have got to keep working on my game and when we pick up hopefully I will come back.''