Anton Ferdinand believes Sunderland team-mate Darren Bent deserves to go to the World Cup with England.
The Black Cats striker has been an instant hit at the Stadium of Light this season after he moved from Tottenham for a club-record £10million fee over the summer.
He has scored ten goals and was included in England's starting XI for last month's international friendly with Brazil in Qatar.
That start in Doha was only Bent's second appearance under Fabio Capello, however, and there are a number of other contenders for a place on the plane to South Africa.
However, Ferdinand insists Bent has already proved that he is good enough to succeed at international level.
"The stats don't lie and his goal ratio is unbelievable in the best league in the world and if he can do it in the best league in the world then there's no reason why he can't do for his country," Ferdinand said.
"His tally is showing that he is up there with the best in the league. I think he has scored against all the top teams as well so he has shown that he can do it against the best defenders in the league."
There is always a lot of discussion about the relative merits of players such as Jermain Defoe and Michael Owen and Ferdinand feels Bent sometimes does not get the credit he deserves.
"He does get overlooked at times but that's football," said Ferdinand.
"He just has to keep working hard at Sunderland and that's all that matters to him.
"He's not just a great player but he's a great person as well and you need that in a squad of a team that goes away to the World Cup so there's no reason why he couldn't go to the World Cup for his footballing and personal qualities."