That he is one of six Manchester City players to make Fabio Capello's squad merely emphasises the revolution that has taken place at Eastlands, where Roberto Mancini has at least two choices in every position.
"Competition is good for any individual," said the 29-year-old.
"It keeps you on your toes.
"It is not particularly that it makes you train harder but you know if you're having two bad games in a row then you'll probably find yourself out of the team.
"There are so many players at City and the competition is very high so I am not expecting to play in every game this season but it is something I can deal with now better than I could have when I was 21."