New Delhi: India winger Clifford Miranda on Tuesday sought to dispel perception that he performs better when playing for his club Dempo, saying there is no honour bigger than representing the national team.

After a mediocre outing against Afghanistan in the team's opening fixture in the SAFF Football Championship, Miranda played a stellar role in India's 5-0 rout of Bhutan on Monday, scoring two goals and creating quite a few openings.

And the time was apt for Miranda to make his point clear. "Whether I am playing for my country or club, I always give my 100 per cent. There are times when you end up playing better for club but, as far as commitment is concerned, I always give my best. Playing for my country is the biggest honour," he said.

India's performance on Monday was a far cry from their outing against Afghanistan, and Miranda had an answer to that.

"It took us some time to get used to the ground as we had never played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Yesterday, we did keep the ball in play."

Talking about the midfield, he said, "All of them - Climax (Lawrence), Steven (Dias), Anthony (Pereira) and Rocus (Lamare) - are good players. In the national team, it takes sometime (before you hit the right chord)."

About his own performance, Miranda said, "I'm happy to have contributed to the team's success. But one thing is for sure, we played well as a team and it gave us a victory.

"When we win it's because of team game, and similar is the case when we lose."

Miranda, who fought back from a major knee injury for which he had undergone a surgery about three years ago, does not wish to be called the comeback man of Indian football at this moment.

"No it's nothing like as if I am making a comeback. I was part of the Asian Cup squad but couldn't play as I was carrying a muscle tear and there was a dip in form, and I was rightly benched by the coach ( Bob Houghton, who was at the helm then)," he said.

Miranda praised Syed Rahim Nabi's for his all-round abilities, and also had a word of encouragement for youngsters like Jewel Raja and Lalrindika Ralte.

"Nabi is a fantastic player. He can play well at any position and that is very rare in football."

Talking about the juniors and their chances of making the playing XI on a regular basis, he said, "They are very good players, very talented. But it's the coach who makes the final choice, on the particular day and for a particular team."