Andre Villas-Boas has been impressed by Steven Caulker since taking charge of Tottenham Hotspur and has no doubts the defender will one day be an England regular.
Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea City, has pushed himself up the pecking order at White Hart Lane under Villas-Boas.
He has started four of Spurs' last five games and had been tipped for a call-up to the England squad ahead of the qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
Roy Hodgson instead opted to pick Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City and Caulker had to settle for a place in the Under 21s, but Villas-Boas is sure it will only be a matter of time before the young centre-half will be wearing the Three Lions of England on a regular basis.
"I think for Steven it will be a privilege to play for the first team of England, for sure," said Villas-Boas.
"If it came sooner it would be a more important achievement, but I don't see (him being left out) as any kind of negative.
"We certainly believe a lot in the player. That's why we decided to extend his career and that's why he played at Old Trafford and against Lazio.
"I think he is showing exactly the competence and the talent that he has and he will triumph in the future."