The midfielder is expected to be back in the England starting XI for Wednesday's crunch Euro2008 decider against Croatia and said: "It was difficult for me being on the outside for England because everyone wants to play.
"As a footballer you know that, in your career, you will have slight ups and slight downs. But the strong man comes through it and continues doing what he does. My form for Chelsea has been as good as it has ever been since the last England game. I was hopeful of playing against Austria. I have come and I have played, and am hopeful of playing on Wednesday.
"We all want to be on top of our game and we all want everything to be going well, but it is not the way life is. I have spoken to many players who have been as successful as me, and more successful than me, who have had awkward times in their careers."