England manager Fabio Capello has said he considers Joey Barton too much of a liability to call him into the side.
Barton, 28, has won only one cap, a 12-minute substitute appearance against Spain under Steve McClaren in 2007.
Barton was left out of England's squad to face Holland at Wembley on Wednesday despite injuries to fellow midfielders Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere.
Capello said: "He is a good but dangerous player because you could end up 10 v 11. He might get sent off."
Gerrard has been ruled out of Wednesday's match with a thigh injury and Wilshere also looks set to miss out.
Barton was transfer-listed and fined two weeks' wages by the Magpies earlier this week for criticising the club's hierarchy on social networking website Twitter, the latest in a long line of problems, on and off the pitch.
"This is not a good moment to decide something about him," Capello continued.
"When a player is fighting with his club it is normal to stay outside. The relationship between a club and a player is really important."
Barton returned to Twitter on Sunday, to put a positive spin on Capello's comments.
"On the plus side at least Capello knows who I am, I was beginning to think I was the invisible man," he tweeted.
"My goal is to get in that Euro2012 squad and team for the Olympics. All I can do is more of what I did last season; if it's enough, it's enough.
"To even be mentioned in the reckoning is a testament to how far I've come since my troubled years. [I'm] looking forward to pushing for a place."