In making only his 14th Premier League start of the season in the 2-1 win over West Ham, it underlined a lack of matches that could end up costing him a place on the plane to Brazil next year, should England qualify.
"It would be tough to have another season like this," said Lescott. "I've only started 14 games and that is not great going into a World Cup.
"If my place in the squad was secure at international level then it would be a little bit easier.
"But I only got into the last squad by default.
"It was a reality check and made me realise I need to make a decision and it needs to be the right one for my career."