ENGLAND honours are of secondary importance to David Mirfin this season.
The talented teenage defender, who has impressed as an ever-present in Peter Jackson's line-up despite his unfortunate own goal against rivals Barnsley, has not made the England Under 20 squad.
The 19-year-old was being touted alongside Andy Holdsworth for possible inclusion against Holland at the Galpharm on Sunday, October 10 (12.30), but neither player has made Nigel Pearson's squad.
Mirfin's focus, however, is less on three lions and more on three points - against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
"If I'd got an England call-up here at the stadium it would have been unbelievable, but I'm just delighted to be playing for Town to be honest," said Mirfin today.
"So much has happened in the last 15 months and I'm just enjoying my football and concentrating on doing my best for Town.
"Last season I didn't imagine I was going to get a chance and play so many games, let alone win the play-off final, and it's brilliant to just be involved again this time.
"It's nice to be mentioned in connection with England, obviously, especially with us being a lower division club, and you only have to see what happened to Steady to realise things like that can happen.
"No sooner had he (Jon Stead) gone to Blackburn than he was in the England Under 21 side and that's bound to give myself and all the young lads a lot of encouragement.
"The most important thing for me at the moment, though, is to do well for Town and take whatever comes after that."
Mirfin was on standby for the England Under 18 squad when he was in the Academy, but it didn't lead to a call-up.
On Town, Mirfin added: "We let ourselves down at the weekend.
"The first 20 minutes of matches is when we've been strong and killed teams off, but we let Barnsley get on top.
"We were much better in the second half, though, and we've got to take that forward and look to do much better against Bristol City.
"Saturday was a blip, but we will be back.
"We have played in fits and starts but, generally, I think the fans can see it's coming together for us and we'll do well."
Mirfin will play alongside either Nathan Clarke or Nat Brown in defence on Saturday.
Both impressed in yesterday's 4-1 practice-match win at Chesterfield in which Anthony Lloyd (2), John McAliskey and Akpo Sodje scored.
Jackson, who must replace suspended Efe Sodje against Brian Tinnion's side, said: "Nat and Nathan did well, so I've got a decision to make. It was a good performance overall."
Jackson watched next week's LDV opponents Morecambe score a 3-1 win at Halifax last night.