He said: “I’m really enjoying being a part of the England thing.
“The older I get, the more I appreciate it every time I play for them.
“It’s a very happy, comfortable squad with Roy Hodgson in charge. The manager really relates well with the players.
“It’s a young squad but as I’ve got a bit older I’ve found that I feel better when I am playing and training regularly.
“If I had a week off in Dubai now I’d probably stiffen up and take three weeks to get back. So I much prefer staying involved and staying fit.”