England striker Wayne Rooney admits he was unsure whether manager Roy Hodgson would select him for the summer's European Championships.
Rooney will miss England's first two group games against France and Sweden through suspension, after his dismissal against Montenegro during the final Euro 2012 qualifier.
Despite a season which saw Rooney net 27 Premier League goals and take Manchester United within a whisker of the Premier League title, the 26-year-old admits he was unsure over his selection this summer due to his upcoming two-game ban.
"With missing the first two games, you never know with the new manager if he's got you in his plans or wants to have (the same) players involved in all the games," he said. "But I will get myself ready and as fit as I can be.
"It's a tough group with some good teams. We have to make sure we're focused on each game and take it from there."
Having missed England's first warm-up game against Norway through injury, Rooney is expected is play some part in the weekend's final game before Euro 2012, against Belgium at Wembley.
The United forward will then be forced to sit on the side-lines until England's final group game against co-hosts Ukraine, a potentially pivotal match in their hopes of reaching the knock-out phase.
Despite having not played a full 90 minutes under his belt since United's win over Sunderland on the final day of the domestic season, Rooney insists he'll be fit and firing come 19 June.
"I feel good and I've got a few weeks before I can play," he said. "I will be ready if needed.
"It's important I do my training right. I've had a long time to think about missing these games and obviously it's disappointing.
"But it's something I've dealt with really."
Rooney also notes that Hodgson's influence since the squad came together has been a positive one, with the manager's communication skills a particular bonus.
"He's determined to get the message across to us on the training pitch and is very much a part of every training session," he added.
"It's great to have him on the pitch, pointing out things maybe we need to know as a squad."