Victor Anichebe has said he is keen to repay Everton's faith and support by concentrating on his club rather than thinking about regaining his place with Nigeria.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said last week the 24-year-old striker remains in his plans after the national side qualified for this winter's African Nations Cup.
However, Anichebe, who has scored three times in seven matches for the Toffees, is focused on building on his - and the club’s - good start to the season having been frustrated by two serious knee injuries and a groin problem in the last few years.
"The thing with Nigeria is I am a fan and I follow the games and the team have done really well to qualify," said Anichebe,
"They have a great bunch of players there but I'm concentrating on here because this is the first time I've stayed fit for a while.
"I am thinking about Everton, they have stuck by me and helped me get back fit so I'm thinking more about cementing [my place in] the side.
"The national team aspect hasn't come into my head. I just want them to do well."
Everton have had a change of fortunes so far this season. Usually known for a strong finish following a poor start, the Toffees are currently sitting up in fourth place, only five points behind leaders Chelsea, and Anichebe says he and the rest of the team are full of confidence as a result.
"I think we've done okay: it's been a good start to the season and everyone is on a high and is confident.
"We need to carry it on though, we need to not get ahead of ourselves and keep playing well.”