Adam Johnson has shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on England's World Cup squad and has vowed to take the positives out of being so close to a dream ticket to South Africa.
The Manchester City winger was one of seven players cut from the provisional 30-man squad by coach Fabio Capello on Tuesday following a pre-tournament training camp in Austria and two warm-up matches.
Johnson earned his first cap in a friendly against Mexico last week but will now watch the World Cup finals from afar.
However, it is all a long way from playing in the Championship for hometown club Middlesbrough prior to an £8million move to the City of Manchester Stadium during the January transfer window.
"Of course I was a bit down when I got the news and my first thought was that I wish I'd had more of a chance to show what I could do in the two warm-up matches," Johnson told the club's official website.
"I would have loved the chance to showcase what I can do on the biggest stage of all but I am not going to dwell on it.
"The England management made it clear to me that I have an international future and I am going to have a rest now and then get my head down and get ready to try and work my way into the side for September qualifiers.
"I suppose if you had mentioned the World Cup to me back in December I would have smiled but I had a thought in the back of my mind when I signed for City that if I did well I might have half a chance.
"I am going to take the positives out of the last two weeks."