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City defender Joleon Lescott has hinted that he may have to leave the club to find first-team football, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
The former Everton centre-half has slipped behind Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini.
And Lescott concedes he needs first-team appearances to restore his hopes of playing for England at the 2014 World Cup finals:
It does not look like I am going (to the World Cup) at the minute.
I have not been in the last few squads, so it is going to be hard but if I am playing for City and we are progressing in the Champions League and the title race, then there might be a place for me.
I have not given up. But I know that comes from playing for Man City, so the faster I can get myself back in City the better.
Lescott believes he also needs a chance to restore himself to the City starting line-up:
I need to be given a fair opportunity.
I know no one can guarantee me playing every week but I would like to think that given a fair opportunity to play, if I am playing in the team I can do well enough to stay in the team.
If you start to doubt yourself, it will affect you so I try not to doubt myself and believe I can perform.
When the opportunities come, you have to grab them, and if it means playing the next few games when Matija is out and Vinny is not ready, then great for me.
Hopefully once again I can prove to the club, and if it is not here somewhere else, that I am worthy of a new contract.