Craig Gordon is relishing the chance of fending off Allan McGregor after being selected to start for Scotland.
While the former Hearts shot-stopper has 39 caps to his name it is Rangers ace McGregor who is currently head coach Craig Levein's first choice between the sticks.
Gordon and McGregor are both from Edinburgh and the pair know each other well from their time in youth football and the Black Cats man remembers their early battles.
The 27-year-old Gordon returns after missing the first four European qualifiers with a broken arm and is keen to impress against the Faroe Islands and get the nod for their next round of qualifiers next year.
"My relationship with Allan is fine, there's no problem between us and never has been," he told the Daily Record.
"We both want to play and whoever gets the nod will have the full support of the guys in the squad.
"I've known Allan since I was 15. We played in Edinburgh schools football. He was a year older than me but we were in the same team.
"There were a couple of games at the end of the season when he was playing and I was on the bench for a cup final.
"I can't remember the result but we won. I was the year below but was on the bench because they didn't have another goalkeeper at that level.
"We were also in the same Scotland Under 21 squad. I got five caps and Allan probably got around the same because Derek Soutar always played. I knew Allan was a good goalkeeper so I'm not surprised we have gone through the ranks together.
"We will see what happens. There's still a long time before the next qualifier."
Gordon has lost no faith in his ability despite spells on the sidelines in recent seasons and he insists he is mentally strong and is backing himself to succeed after being given a chance.
"In my own head I am still Scotland No.1," he continued. "If I thought any differently then I would not be in the right frame of mind.
"I just want to focus on doing well and if the manager thinks I'm the one to play he'll play me. I've never let Scotland down but that doesn't mean you play the next game.
"Do I understand why Allan is No.1? Em, there's still a long time to go before the next qualifier and anything can happen. I'll just be looking to play well for Sunderland and see what happens.
"I've never taken my Scotland place for granted and I know I have to keep my performance levels high. I think I have done that throughout my time in the national team."