Thomas Ince says that his desire shouldn't be called into question following England Under-21's disappointing showing at the European Championships.
England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce claimed that a few of his side hadn't performed at their best during the tournament. And some pundits claimed that the current crop of Under-21 players don't have the necessary desire or hunger required to succeed at international level.
Ince argues that isn't the case and uses his own path to representing his country as an example.
Ince said: "I left the reserves at Liverpool to play first-team football on loan at Notts County.
"I then went to play alongside grown men at Notts County, who played week in, week out to put food on the table for their families and all the rest of it.
"After I'd had that four or five month loan spell there, I went back to Liverpool, I sat down with my dad and I said, 'Do you know what? I need more of that'.
"I don't think that's a lack of desire. I had the odd occasion where I would go up to Melwood and train with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. I could have signed an extended three-year contract, stayed at Liverpool and not played. But I wanted to work hard."
The poor showing at the Under-21 tournament has led to the widespread belief that the players are over-hyper but Ince says that isn't the case either.
Ince added: "I don't think it's a case of us telling ourselves we are this and that. It was just that we didn't turn up.
"We would be the first players to hold our hands up, but as far as people questioning the hunger to play in a major tournament and win it, no. I don't think that's the case."
The Blackpool winger is seen as one of the stars of the Championship and has been linked to a number of Premier League clubs, but says he'll give his all to the club if he doesn't move on: "If I am still a Blackpool player next season, I will give 110 per cent and more than I did last season."