Sunderland's Adam Johnson says it is all about who you play for when it comes to playing for the country.
The midfielder, who has 12 senior caps, was tipped to make it into Roy Hodgson's squad for the friendly with Denmark earlier this month after embarking on a blistering run of form for his club.
He told the Journal: "I think a lot of people saw me as almost a certainty [for the Denmark team], but if you look at the last squad it, was almost all top-eight bar [Cardiff defender Steven] Caulker. He added, "I don't think it really matters how well you are playing - it's who you play for."
Of the 30 men named by Hodgson for the Denmark game, 25 of them play for clubs among that group.
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has warned his fellow England hopefuls they have little chance of playing for their country if they are not at a top-eight club.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who has 12 senior caps, was tipped to make it into Hodgson's squad for the friendly with Denmark after a good run. He did not. He believes that has sealed the fate of his World Cup dreams.
"I think that says a lot about the selection. I don't think it really matters how well you are playing - it's who you play for.
"If you look at the last 10 squads, Southampton have been playing well, they are in the top eight - and the rest are Everton, Tottenham, Man United, City, clubs like that."