Everton boss David Moyes believes Phil Jagielka can still make England's World Cup squad - but he will have to hit the ground running in the coming weeks.
Having recovered from a long-term knee injury, Jagielka is back in action with the Toffees, featuring in the recent Europa League defeat at Sporting Lisbon and Premier League loss at Spurs.
The utility man has three caps for his country and hopes a return to form for Everton can prompt a recall from Fabio Capello ahead of South Africa 2010.
Moyes has also not ruled out such a possibility, but believes he will need to quickly prove his form.
The Everton boss told Sky Sports News: "I think if he gets back playing in the coming weeks he could (make the World Cup), I don't think it would be out of his reach.
"But obviously he would need to really hit the ground running in the games and weeks coming."
Moyes is delighted to have Jagielka back as the Toffees push to qualify for Europe again through the league.
Moyes added: "He's doing fine but he had a bit of a thigh strain during the week so he's not trained much this week either but that can be expected - he's not played any reserve games, he's had no practice games.
"The bit of training that he's had I think is probably the 45 minutes at Sporting and 45 minutes at Tottenham so he's had a little bit of action but not too much yet.
"But he's looking good and we're really pleased to get him back training again."
Everton defender Leighton Baines said playing for England in midweek was the highlight of his career so far and Moyes believed the defender had slotted back into training well this week.
Moyes added: "Well (he was) just the same, same Bainesy, quite quiet, gets on with his work, trains well.
"No, he's deserved it, he's been consistent for Everton. Took him a little while to get started here and get into the side but he was patient and got through and he's now showing his worth."
Meanwhile, Moyes believes Everton midfielder Tim Cahill could be back in contention for Sunday's clash against Hull City at Goodison Park.
The influential Australia international is still to return to training after suffering a calf injury two weeks ago but has not been ruled out by Moyes.
The Everton boss said: "He's getting closer, he's not trained yet but there's a chance that he might train tomorrow and if he did then that would give him a chance of putting him in contention."