Alan Shearer has paid tribute to Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper.
With regular number one Shay Given injured, Harper has been given his chance in Newcastle's last two Premiership games.
An unfortunate slip against Liverpool allowed Xabi Alonso to score a headline-grabbing goal from inside his own half last week, but Harper returned to form in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.
And Former Magpies legend Shearer, who formed a close friendship with Harper during his time at St James' Park, believes the 31-year-old can take advantage of his first team opportunity.
Shearer also claimed that Harper could have played for England had Given's consistency not kept him out of the side for such long periods.
"I said many years ago that if he'd been playing regular football then he'd be an England goalkeeper and I sill believe that," Shearer said on Sky Sports News.
"He's got a great opportunity now to get some games under his belt and do very well.
"It was unfortunate what happened at Anfield but he more than made up for that with a crucial save at 1-1 (against Everton)."
Harper is determined to make life difficult for Given when he returns from surgery on his bowel, but stressed that his team-mate's recovery was his main concern.
"I went to see him today actually and he's improving, so good news," said Harper.
"Obviously I wish him a full and speedy recovery but I'll be trying to make it as hard as possible for him when he gets back.
"But the most important thing is that he gets back to 100 percent fitness as soon as possible."