Sven Goran Eriksson still considers Paul Robinson as one of the best goalkeepers in the country.
Robinson was controversially axed by Steve McClaren after making a series of errors before England's Euro 2008 qualifying game with Croatia last month.
With McClaren now gone, there are doubts over the Tottenham goalkeeper's international future.
Former England manager Eriksson gave Robinson his debut in 2003 when he came on as a half time substitute in a friendly game against Australia.
Eriksson's Manchester City side face Tottenham on Sunday and although he is hoping Robinson comes off worst, he believes the keeper is still top class.
"There is no doubt Paul Robinson is a top-class keeper," said Eriksson.
"He is a modern goalkeeper. He can use his feet, he is a very good kicker of the ball. He is steady and very professional.
"In one-on-one situations, he is very big. For sure, he is one of the best goalkeepers in the country. But whether he plays for England is someone else's problem."
Scott Carson is among those pushing for inclusion for the friendly game against Switzerland in February, despite his blunder against Croatia last month.
David James also has a valid claim to face the Euro 2008 co-hosts, along with Manchester United's Ben Foster.
Foster has returned to fitness work following knee surgery and is expected to be back in action before the end of the season.