And the versatile 24-year-old, who was one of England's star performers in the 2007 World Cup final, maintains he is not thinking about returning to the international fold until his form merits it.
He said: "I think I had a missed call from Brian Smith just asking how I was after getting back and playing for a bit.
"But I've not really been expecting it, I've not really been playing and I've had bigger things on my mind.
"I just need to get some form, play well, and hope that I can force my way back in.
"It's just a case of getting a run of games and some match fitness and form.
"In terms of forcing my way back in I've just got to play well here and see what happens."