Cardiff chief Dave Jones feels Jay Bothroyd's England call-up is just reward for his efforts.
Bothroyd was the surprise name in Fabio Capello's England squad to face France at Wembley next week.
The Championship's top goal-scorer is now in line for a possible international debut at the age of 28, and Jones is delighted.
"We're hoping he starts or he gets some part of the game because we do believe that he has earned it," Jones told Sportsweek.
"There are some good players down in the Championship and it would be a shame if they are overlooked because of the division they are playing in."
Jones admits that being in the England squad will not faze his striker.
"Jay thinks he should be there anyway so that's not a problem," Jones continued.
"It's a lift for Jay, it's a lift for the whole club - myself and the staff.
"I don't think he was expecting it. We hoped it would happen because he has been in good form.
"He's not an out-and-out big target man. He can drift, he's got good ability, good pace."
The Cardiff boss admits that he loves working with Bothroyd, despite the fact he can sometimes be 'high maintenance'.
"Hard work. That's how I'd describe him. He's what we call high maintenance. But he is a lovely lad, he wants to do well," he said.
"Most footballers are high maintenance. Sometimes players get a reputation with other clubs. You only find out when you work with them and he is a genuine and honest player."