Wigan boss Steve Bruce believes goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is on course to win an international recall with England.
The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries throughout his career, which has hindered his chances on the international scene.
However, yet to miss a game at club level this term, Kirkland has been touted for a return to the international fold.
Although Bruce admits Kirkland's back-injury is still a problem when travelling long distances, the Latics boss says the situation is definitely improving.
"We are trying to manage it as best we can," said the Wigan boss. "The more he plays, the more comfortable he is with himself and the new training regime.
"Thankfully he has not missed a game all season and I am sure he will have to come into the England reckoning at some point.
"He is certainly the best goalkeeper I have worked with in my time as a manager."
Kirkland's only appearance in a competitive international came back in 2006 when he came on as a substitute against Greece.
Both Wigan and the England camp hold regular discussions over his fitness, which is encouraging news for the 27-year-old.
"We have conversations with England particularly (goalkeeping coach) Ray Clemence," said Bruce.
"Chris finds it a problem to sit on planes, buses and go travelling.
"We all know he has a bit of back problem.
"When he does have to fly off around the world he does struggle. But we are trying to help him as much as we can.
"He has everything you need from a goalkeeper and I am sure he must be in the thoughts of the England manager."