Now there is talk of him going all the way to the finals in Brazil, when he will be 36.
He told The Sun: “When I got injured in the summer, it was one of those where people must have wondered about me.
“But I never actually considered finishing with England. I haven’t got it in me. I’m not saying I’ll stay available to be picked forever because it becomes obvious at some stage — but it’s not my thing.
“My dad has always been a quiet advocate of playing for your country and the fact you are a long time retired.
“So while you feel you can contribute, do it. Even in the tough times when I was getting stick, I’d speak to Dad on the phone and he was adamant I should stay in the game because we are so privileged to be here.
“I didn’t talk to him about it this summer though as I knew the answer I’d have got: ‘Keep going’.”