Gareth Southgate is hoping that Middlesbrough's academy will continue to produce ready-made stars.
The Boro boss has seen David Wheater progress through the club's youth ranks and into the England fold this season, and has urged the current crop of promising trainees to follow his lead.
Wheater was only expected to feature on the fringes of the first-team during the current campaign after finding himself behind Jonathan Woodgate, Emanuel Pogatetz, Robert Huth and Chris Riggott in the pecking order.
However, a spate of injuries gave him his opportunity and he has not looked back, becoming a firm favourite among the Riverside faithful along the way.
"It is really positive for the academy," said Southgate. "It shows the talent they have been able to bring through.
"We have had an outstanding crop of young players come through.
"The downside of having a small squad is that you get a few injuries and you really are stretched.
"But the positive thing about it is that young players get their chance and without an opportunity who knows whether people are going to make it?
"That is what has happened with David this year. He has got an opportunity that maybe at another club he might not have got and he has grabbed it.
"The thing about sport is when you get those opportunities, you have to take them."
Boro's flourishing production line of talent has already seen the likes of Wheather, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Andrew Taylor, Lee Cattermole, Seb Hines and Jonathan Grounds make the step up into the first-team squad over the last few seasons.
Club captain George Boateng feels that the success of the youth system at the club will help them to attract the best young players from around the country in the future.
"It is only good news for Middlesbrough because any young player in the country now realises that if Middlesbrough wants to sign him, he has a chance of making it to the first team," said the Dutchman.
Boateng also admits that the speed of his team-mate Wheater's rise to prominence has come as something of a surprise, but feels that the defender should be proud of how quickly he has adapted to life in the Premier League.
"People maybe think we do not have a strong squad, but we do, so to get into the squad is already a big achievement," he said.
"We started the season with Jonathan Woodgate, Robert Huth, Emanuel Pogatetz and Chris Riggott as our four centre-backs, so you know how well Wheater has performed to not only be in the team, but to keep his place."