James Milner hung up his international boots after the Euros.
His England career had seen him win 61 caps and score one goal. After all the recent turmoil around Big Sam and the manager role, it had been suggested Milner might come out of retirement to help steady the ship.
But the 30-year-old says there is no chance of that happening.
“I made the decision at the time and I think it was best for everyone,” he said. (Echo)
“I’m playing left-back at the moment and there are a number of very good English left-backs who I think would be ahead of me.
“It’s obviously disappointing what has happened (with Sam Allardyce). I’m massively disappointed for Sam because I think he would have done a very good job.
“But Gareth (Southgate) has stepped in and I’m sure the players will have a lot of respect for him. He’s done a great job with the under-21s.”
England play Malta at Wembley next Saturday then travel to Slovenia the following Tuesday. Both games are World Cup qualifiers.