Paul Scholes believes his recently retired Manchester United colleague Gary Neville would have won more than 120 England caps if he had stayed fit.
The Red Devils full-back won his 85th and final cap, appropriately enough at Old Trafford, in a friendly defeat by Spain in February 2007.
A month later Neville suffered a broken ankle against Bolton and he went on to endure a succession of problems before announcing his retirement aged 35 earlier this month.
Current international Ashley Cole has only just broken Kenny Sansom's previous full-back record of 86 England appearances and Scholes is adamant that Neville would have been pushing Peter Shilton's overall 125 caps record if he had stayed fit.
The United midfielder said: "We saw the other day that Ashley Cole broke the record for the most-capped full-back.
"But there is nothing more certain than if Gary had stayed fit than he would have had more than 120 caps by now.
"It's just a shame that his fitness wasn't right and now he has made the decision to retire."
The pair were members of Manchester United's famed 'Class of 92' and Scholes is sad his long-term team-mate has retired.
He added: "I grew up with Gary.
"I have been very close to him over the years and it's sad really.
"I will miss him but what a career he's had as well; over 20 years at the top, winning the trophies he has, as well as all those caps for England."