Anelka's withdrawal from the international scene following France's World Cup nightmare in South Africa has allowed some contemplation over the last fortnight, as he gears up for another tilt at success both at home and in continental competition.
"I don't miss it, I am glad to be out of it," he told chelseafc.com. "Of course it can help to not play, you play less games so it is perfect to be off and to think about something else for one or two weeks then come back fresh to the club.
"You get some family life, go to Paris, wherever you want with your family, it is perfect, but I used to be like this when I played for City and in the beginning at Bolton, so I know this situation and I like it. I really don't think about the national team or playing games."