Kevin Pietersen is not "on the radar" for a Test recall, according to England coach Peter Moores.
Boss Moores insisted England must focus on their three-Test battle in the West Indies, as the squad prepared to jet out to the Caribbean from Gatwick Airport on Thursday.
England cricket's new chairman Colin Graves has refused to rule out a Test return for Pietersen, who has been frozen out of the national set-up for more than a year.
Coach Moores refused to consider the South Africa-born batsman's credentials ahead of the West Indies tour however, despite Pietersen signing a new deal with Surrey in order to prove himself as a run-scorer at county level once more.
KP reaction: what they said
KP reaction: what they said
1/9 NASSER HUSSAIN Former England captain
“I have nodded and agreed with some things. However, I can’t see any way back for him with some of the things he has said and that’s the thing he will be most disappointed with.”
2/9 MICHAEL VAUGHAN Former England captain
“Find the fall out very sad. Many to blame but mostly it’s been a lack of communication and man management.”
3/9 DAVID LLOYD Former England player and coach
“Players get hot under the collar of managers, managers get hot under the collar of players. It’s always good to get things off your chest.”
4/9 DOMINIC CORK Former England all-rounder
“There was a clash of personalities, so this is about getting back at Flower. Pietersen has left a trail of destruction wherever he has been.”
5/9 MARK BUTCHER Former England batsman
“Good day for a spot of reading. Something with juicy conspiracies & misguided characters... James Ellroy it is then.”
6/9 PIERS MORGAN Television presenter
“Kevin Pietersen’s book has torn off the closely guarded veneer from England’s bullying, clique-ridden, petty, jealous dressing room.”
7/9 MIKE GATTING (right) Former England captain
“I’m sure there will be lots of ‘he said, she said’ ... I’m sure we’ll all listen and have a wry smile, because there’s always two sides to the coin.”
8/9 GEOFF MILLER Ex-England player and selector
“To the best of my knowledge there was no atmosphere of bullying within the England set-up.”
9/9 BRIAN MOORE Former England rugby union player
“Sad to see English cricket tearing itself apart; the game, the country is bigger than any individuals; Flower, Prior, Pietersen – anybody.”
"For me Kevin's not on this trip, so I don't need to focus on Kevin at all," said Moores.
"My focus is to support Alastair (Cook) as I always would and the 16 players on this tour.
"At the end of that summer (last year) we'd gone through a tough summer, and started to play the sort of attacking cricket people like, and we like.
"That's our focus at the moment.
"From my point of view Kevin isn't on the radar.
"So he can't be in my or Cooky's focus at all."
England boss Moores revealed "frustration" that the speculation around Pietersen could continue to dominate the agenda, overshadowing debut Test calls for the likes of Yorkshire's Adam Lyth.
Moores said he would leave any long-term decisions on Pietersen's future to England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Graves - a stance backed by skipper Alastair Cook.
"That's not my decision: I've got enough decisions to make," said Moores, on Pietersen's future.
"It's not about me getting personal, it's about the focus on the England team.
"The frustration for me is that people whose dreams are being made by going on this tour aren't being mentioned.
"They are not getting any air time and it's frustrating. We've got some very, very good players.
"That's very exciting. I understand Kevin's a huge subject, but I don't think we can be drawn into that.
"We've got to be completely focused on what's ahead of us."
England captain Cook reiterated Moores' position on Pietersen, attempting to shift the focus onto Yorkshire star Lyth's call-up.
"I was with Adam (Lyth) when he got his phone call in Dubai, and it was such a refreshing thing to see," said Cook.
"He was in tears talking to his mum, a gritty Yorkshireman.
"To be standing in the airport in his England suit for the first time, he'll remember this forever.
"We've got our first team meeting in half an hour and that's what we'll want to talk about.
"To be honest with you, contrary to a lot of what guys read in the media, I'm a long way from that decision (about a potential recall for Pietersen).
"We've got these 16 guys going to the West Indies who are desperate to turn around England cricket.
"We need to get back to winning ways, and that's all these 16 guys and support staff are focused on."
Moores brushed off any lingering problems between himself and Cook, after the Test captain had bemoaned being dropped for the one-day World Cup.
"We can look back at everything and me and Cooky have spoken a lot all the way through," said Moores.
"Alastair was disappointed not to be involved but we've got to look forward now.
"There's a lot of noise and emotion around English cricket, that's understandable, but we've got 16 players here, to go to the West Indies to fight to win a Test series."
Graves' arrival has sparked a regime change at the top of the ECB, leading to uncertainty surrounding Moores' long-term future.
Moores himself has rejected the suggestion he must lead England to a series victory to keep hold of his job.
"It doesn't work like that," said Moores when asked if he must win the series to secure his employment.
"We all know we're in a results business. I'm just focusing on what's in front of us.
"From my point of view it's not about the coach, it's about the players, it's about winning.
"We've got a very committed set of players
"I'm going no further: we've got five weeks, three Tests. If we play really well we'll gain momentum into a big summer (featuring a home Ashes series).
"The focus has to be playing the right sort of cricket."