Conor Coady insists it’s more important to focus on doing well for Wolves than dwell on being snubbed by England.
England coach Gareth Southgate says he overlooked the Wolves captain for his latest two Euro 202 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro because of reservations about him adapting to a back four as Coady plays in a defensive three.
Everton’s Michael Keane and James Tarkowski of Burnley were selected instead, but Coady, who once captained England Under-17s to European glory, isn’t concerned.
“I don’t feel hard done by, not at all,” the skipper told Wolves official wesbite. “This is England, this is the pinnacle of any Englishman’s career.
“I watched them last summer and thought they were really outstanding at the World Cup.
“If it were to ever come, it would be amazing, but I keep thinking to myself I’ve got to get into a squad with some really fantastic footballers.
“It’s not that I think I’m hard done by, I just keep getting on with it, and as long as I’m doing well for Wolves and helping Wolves improve, that’s all I’m bothered about.
“To me, what’s important is I’m helping the team as much as I possibly can, if that’s on the pitch, talking to the boys, organising them, and it’s important I keep on doing that.”
Coady has played every minute for Wolves this season and figured in 56 consecutive matches in all competitions going back to January 17 last year, the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Swansea.
In League action, he has played 65 successive times for the club. The last one he missed was on September 30, 2017, the 4-0 win at Burton Albion, which was the only Championship match he missed in 2017-18.
Coady unselfishly puts his consistency down to the quality of his team-mates.
“It’s easy with the players around me, they help me an awful lot,” he added.
“I’ve got some really good footballers around me who help me improve every day.
And far from any disappointment at missing out on national selection, Coady says the players are enjoying their season as much as the fans.
“It’s not just the fans who are enjoying it at the minute, we all are. We’ve got to be happy with what we’re doing at this football club, with a manager that we have and a football club that wants to do things like it wants to do,” he said.
“It’s a really happy place to be, so you can’t not be happy about it.”