Joleon Lescott admits he is considering his future after failing to make the last original England squad, until he was called up after a late injury to Michael Dawson.
The City centre back has started only 14 Premier League games this season and knows that if he is to be considered for the World Cup squad next summer then he has to be playing regular first team football.
Key to title success
Many pundits feel that Lescott has been harshly treated by Roberto Mancini, after being dropped for Serbian youngster Matija Nastasic.
Lescott’s partnership with Vincent Kompany was a key part of Man City’s title success last season. The former Wolves defender seemingly lost his place in the team through no fault of his own and has been used only as a second choice by Mancini.
That situation doesn’t look like changing so Lescott is considering leaving Eastlands in the summer in order to get first team football.
He has only a year left on his contract and is unlikely to be offered a new one by City so thinks he is best going now to keep himself in Roy Hodgson’s mind before the World Cup next year.
Speaking in the Mail Lescott said: “I only got in the last squad by default. It was a reality check. I need to make a decision and it needs to be the right one for my career.
“You can’t expect to play for England if you’re not playing for your club. I believe that if I’m playing at a consistent level I can retain my place in the England team.”