Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard says the feeling of representing his country will supersede the euphoria should he reach 100 international caps.
England captain Steven Gerrard was followed by full back Ashley Cole is reaching 100 caps against Brazil on Wednesday, with Lampard's cameo appearance putting him six away from the milestone.
And Lampard, whose Chelsea future is yet to be decided with the club yet to offer a sufficient contract to the former West Ham United midfielder, says he cherishes every moment in an England shirt.
"If I don't get to 100 caps, I have given everything in every game I have played," he said.
"Wherever I go, whatever happens in my career - and I don't honestly know - if I can play at a great level of football and play at my best I will just see what happens.
"When you get older, you realise even more what it is to play for your country; that it won't go on for ever.
"Every time I am in and around the squad, I will give my all, whether it is starting or on the bench. I have got a lot of respect for the manager and I think he respects that I want to help in any way that I can."
Lampard is currently a victim of Chelsea's ruthless policy of only offering one-year deals to players over the age of 30, thus failing to guarantee security in the game.
Didier Drogba, who netted the winning penalty in the shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich which clinched the Champions League last May, was among those allowed to leave in the summer.
Cole has signed a one-year extension to his contract keeping him at the club until 2014, and reports suggest Lampard could agree to a similar deal, in reward for his recent form which has seen him score nine goals in his last 12, including the winning goal against Brazil at Wembley.
Chelsea's Interim boss Rafa Benitez has already revealed he plays no part in negotiations over player extensions.
Head of communications Steve Atkins told Sky Sports News: "CFC do not comment on speculation about players or their contracts."