He said: "I'm used to being called a veteran now. I've had that for four years, it is scary. Those things are a little reminder that in football terms you are getting to the other end.
"But I'm enjoying the different role, I enjoy being a bit more older and experienced, and trying to help anyway I can with the young boys.
"I find it very exciting to see the young players coming through like Alex and Tom. I'd much rather that than a stale team with no-one pushing each other."
England continue their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup with a match against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday.