Gabriel Agbonlahor claims he is in the best form of his career and is out to convince England Fabio Capello he has a key role to play. The Aston Villa striker has been recalled to the England squad for the qualifiers with Ukraine and Belarus after scoring in five successive matches for his club.
The 22 year old said: "The England recall means a lot to me. I've been disappointed I've not made the last two squads so I'm happy to get back in.
"Just to get in front of someone like Darren Bent, who has scored seven goals, means he (Capello) is appreciating what I'm doing at the moment.
"I just have to try to keep it up and stay in the squad. I knew that if I got back to my best I was in with a chance of getting in there.
"The manager has given me a chance so hopefully I can reward him if I get an opportunity to play in either of the two games coming up."
Agbonlahor added: "Have I ever been playing better? No, I don't think so. But I have to give credit to my team-mates as well who are setting me up with the chances.
"I think I am getting better game by game but I have to try to continue that. I think I've been improving every year and I'm always looking to improve even further."
He said: "I've always been conscious of doing as much as I can for the team and working on other aspects of my game and I'm always happy to get back and help out defenders whenever it is needed.
"But, for a striker, it's all about goals. Even if you are working hard in other areas, you are judged by how many goals you score.
"At the moment things are going well for me, my confidence is high and I'm certainly not complaining about scoring in five successive games!
"But I always try to keep my feet on the ground because I know there will be times during the season when I am not scoring.
"That's when you have to get your head down and work at things but I try not to worry if things aren't going so well."