Jenas eyes England recall
Jermaine Jenas is hoping recapturing his best form for Villa will be good enough to see him win an England recall.
Last Updated: 09/09/11 2:13pm
Jermaine Jenas is hoping recapturing his best form for Aston Villa will be good enough to see him win an England recall.
The 28-year-old moved to Villa Park on loan from Tottenham before the transfer window closed after slipping down Harry Redknapp's pecking order.
Jenas has won 21 caps for his country during his career, but his last came nearly two years ago against Brazil in Doha.
He accepts a lack of first-team chances at Spurs left Fabio Capello with little option but to omit him, although he now hopes to put a frustrating spell behind him at Villa.
England are primed to qualify for next summer's European Championship and Jenas sees no reason why he cannot return to the fold if he plays well enough for Villa before the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
"First and foremost I've got a list of objectives I would love to achieve this year," explained Jenas.
"I've got to get into this Villa team and get a run of games under my belt.
"If I can do that, and get some form going, I've always been confident that I'm good enough to play for England.
"It has been very frustrating for me but I'm hoping to put that behind me this year, get my head down, work hard, and hopefully the England calls will start coming at some time.
"It's just always been a problem the last couple of years that I haven't been able to get the run of games at Tottenham.
"To be fair to Fabio, he hasn't even had the chance to select me but, if I get that run, then come the end of the season my name will be in the hat for the European Championships.
"I wouldn't say it is a case of having a point to prove but I would like to get out there and show what I can do."