Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes Steven Taylor would not let England down should Fabio Capello come calling.
Central defender Taylor, 25, has played an integral part in the Magpies' unbeaten start to the campaign, the Toon Army's impressive run seeing them rise to third in the Premier League.
With Capello recently experimenting in friendly matches, Pardew says Taylor certainly has the ability to play on the international stage.
"We're talking about a player who was going to be England's centre-half but who got injuries and lost his way a little bit in terms of continuity, which is what you need to get in the England team," he said.
"He has been fit for almost the whole year since I came to Newcastle, though, and has been absolutely outstanding.
"He could walk into the England team and play to the level Gary Cahill did against Sweden. If England come calling, he won't let them down.
"He's super-confident but not in a brash way. He has good belief and the key thing is he's not embarrassed by pace.
"At international level that is the key element you need at the back, more so than height and aerial power."
Newcastle travel to league-leaders Manchester City this weekend and Pardew is looking forward to the test at Eastlands.
He added: "The international break has given me a good chance to study teams who've played City and everyone who has tried to sit off them and be conservative has been beaten quite comfortably.
"But the two or three teams who have had a go, with the exception of Manchester United, have done well. So that's the attitude we'll take and, hopefully, we'll cause them some problems."