Wolves captain Conor Coady insists he has never given an England call-up a thought because he is competing with World Cup semi-finalists.
Coady has been snubbed for a place in Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad for the UEFA European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro despite a tremendous season at the back for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side which has seen a clamour for his inclusion.
Southgate has selected Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Michael Keane of Everton along with the more established Harry Maguire and John Stones.
But Coady, who kept England’s Marcus Rashford quiet until he scored a consolation at the death on Saturday, wasn’t expecting a call-up.
He told talkSPORT: “I thought to myself all season that I’m trying to get into a squad that just reached a World Cup semi-final.
“They’re a really good squad. England is the pinnacle of any Englishman’s career.
“I’ve not really thought about it all year, to be honest.
“If it comes, it will be amazing, but I don’t over-think it because it’ll become a little bit of a problem.”
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old sweeper admits beating Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup is the highlight of his season so far.
Wolves now have a trip to Wembley to look forward to in the semi-final, where they will play Premier League rivals Watford next month.
“It’s the best,” added Coady. “In the Cup, anything can happen. Manchester United are an incredible football club with fantastic players and a brilliant manager.
“It was a special night for everybody, the atmosphere for building up for the last few weeks has been brilliant and we’d felt it all week.
“We couldn’t wait to get started and the way the whole night panned out was perfect.”