Leicester City midfielder Marc Albrighton says he has not given up on earning an England call-up in the future.
Sky Sports revealed Albrighton’s ambition in the week that his Foxes teammates Demari Gray and Ben Chilwell received their first senior call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Albrighton, 28, earned eight U21 caps earlier in his career but says he feels he could’ve done nothing more to earn a senior bow.
The player moved to Leicester in May 2014, just after the Foxes had regained promotion to the top-flight.
He went on to play a pivotal role as the King Power club made history, featuring in all 38 league matches as the Blues lifted the Premier League trophy in 2015-16.
Speaking about his international career, Albrighton said:
If I get to the end of my career and I have not played for my country it will probably be a bit of a disappointment in that way. But in terms of regrets, I’d say no [I don’t have any] because I don’t think I could have done any more.
I wouldn’t say that I have let myself down with performances that mean I haven’t got into the England squad. I think I have done everything I can to get myself into contention to get a call-up. It hasn’t been but I’m not going to argue with anyone about that. I’m not going to call out anyone and say ‘I should be in the squad’. That’s not who I am and how I work.
I’ll keep trying my hardest. Maybe one day [it will happen]. You do sometimes see the odd 30-year-old get a call-up now and again, so it would be great if I could. If I can’t then it was not to. I’m a strong believer in fate and if it’s not to be, it’s not to be.
The National team will, of course, be eager to continue their progression having reunited the nation during the World Cup in summer.
Defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals ended England’s hope of winning the biggest tournament in the world, but Southgate’s men will be hoping to go further at the Euros in two years time.