As Aston Villa's trio of England Internationals prepare to join head coach Fabio Capello's training camp ahead of Wednesday's friendly against the United States, one of their teammates admits it will be a frustrating time for him.
Curtis Davies is currently on the rehabilitation trail and battling to be fit for the start of the new season come August after rupturing his Achilles tendon and was unable to join teammates Gareth Barry, Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor at the England team hotel in Watford as the squad prepares for back-to-back matches.
England take on the Americans on Wednesday night before flying out to the Caribbean 12 hours later for Sunday night's friendly with Trinidad and Tobago.
Davies has already felt the frustration of having to sit out the last third of Villa's season and will be wishing himself elsewhere next week after injury struck him a cruel blow within days of his first senior call- up to the Italian's inaugural 30-man England squad for the Easter friendly fixture with France.
The former West Bromwich Albion defender, whose season-long loan has now become permanent at Villa, has already missed out on the Wembley experience three times and does not want to keep missing out in the future.
He revealed that not only has he lost the chance to play at the national home of football with England but also with West Brom after a broken metartarsal forced him to miss the Championship play-off finals 12 months ago.
He said: "I have a hunger to play at Wembley because I keep missing playing at Wembley. I missed the West Brom play-off game and the first England under-21 game and now this chance has been missed again, so there is a burning hunger to play there and hopefully in an England squad.
Davies knows his injury has also allowed his England rival, David Wheater from Middlesbrough, time to impress although he is getting used to losing his place having had to forfeit his central defensive partnership with Martin Laursen at Villa following his injury in the thrilling 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
He accepts that when he is fully recovered he will not only have to battle with Zat Knight for his Villa place but finds it harder to swallow the fact that rising stars like Wheater have now jumped ahead of him in the queue for an England senior cap.
The 22-year-old said: "I guess Wheater was doing really well this season and even if I was fit, he might have been in there ahead of me in the England queue anyway. I am not an England regular."
Davies said his frustrations were compounded by the fact that, with these two friend-lies, Capello could afford to play a reservestrength England side when players like himself who have made the step up from the Under 21s would get the chance to shine.
He said: "Capello could effectively field a so-called second string now and some of the lads might make their international debuts. I hope not. I hope all the full internationals play - the lads who are in there all the time because otherwise I might think I could have played and that would be even more frustrating.
"If Wheater goes there and manages to get into the 23 in the time I am out and does well, it is up to me to force my way back in. I need to be at the best of my game anyway if I am going to force my way back and I suppose then the next World Cup would be something to aim for."
Davies continued: "As someone coming through I have tried to set myself targets and I'd like to think that if I could pick up my form, I could be involved in the squad in the future.
"I am not saying I am going to be a regular starter for England but I would like to be involved by the next World Cup in South Africa because I would be 25 then."
England life under Capello is very different, according to what Davies has been told: "I hear it has changed. It is a different regime now," he said. "The players all wear England tracksuits around the place and all the lads have to eat together and wait for the last person to finish eating before they can get up from the table - it is all about team bonding.
"I won't listen too much to speculation about what it is like, though. I would rather have people telling me when I am actually there. I can get the low down if and when I am in the squad."
While his team-mates are away Davies has been asked to be an ambassador at the Grass-roots Live event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre next weekend.
He continued: "Getting the call into the England squad earlier this year was a massive boost which wasn't expected and it gave me the aim to make the squad in the future because I finally knew I was in their (coaches) minds. It is something to aim for because I wanted to be in the squad against France a while back but it seems with me that I never miss one game, I always seem to miss loads.
"I have hit some of my targets earlier than I expected but I wouldn't call it success because I got an initial call up. I wasn't in the England 23. I would have liked to have played more games this season with Villa too, so I can't really call it a success, but in the short amount of games I have played, I have managed to bring myself up to a level where hopefully people will take notice. Now I have to get fit ."