New Bristol City signing David James insists his England career is not over after agreeing to join the Championship club.
The keeper, 40 tomorrow, started three of this summer's four World Cup games for Fabio Capello's flops.
And he also rejected the chance to go north of the border at Celtic.
But - despite joining the West Country outfit on a one-year deal instead - James insists he can still impress Capello enough to be chosen for his country.
He said: "I'm not ready to stop playing for England.
"I still believe I'm playing at the top level. The day I stop believing, that is the day I give up."
James, who was available on a free transfer after leaving Portsmouth, still thinks his Premier League days are not over.
He said: "The South West has never had a club in the Premier League and that needs to change.
"I had a long chat with the Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown and I liked what he said about the club and his ambition. I know all about their plans for a new stadium and desire to win promotion to the Premier League.
"There were offers to stay in the Premier League but it's vital I play for the right club and be a family man."