Nicky Shorey for England? Why not.
The West Bromwich Albion defender has been in impressive form since completing a short move from Aston Villa.
Such was Martin O’Neill’s contempt for Shorey’s abilities that it’s often forgotten how talented the left-back was during his spell at previous club Reading.
The Royals were promoted in 2006 with a record points total. The following season they were expected to struggle but only just missed out on a Uefa Cup place.
Among the players shining during that campaign was Shorey, whose form earned him a call up for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia and, eventually, two caps, in friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
Simon Cox knows Shorey better than most at The Hawthorns having been with him at Reading.
And he feels Shorey is in prime form to be given England recognition.
“He’s back to that kind of form – definitely,” Cox told the Birmingham Post. “Nicky Shorey is a good quality player and the reason he got his England call-up is because he was performing consistently to a very high standard, as he is now.
“Marek (Cech) got injured and no one likes to see that but that’s how people get in the team. Nicky came in for Marek and he’s taken his chance. He’s been a revelation for us. He has Premier League experience, he has quality, he’s not the biggest or quickest but he’s effective.
“We’re stopping goals going in and he’s a part of that. I don’t see why he can’t get back into the England set-up.
“Just because he’s in the Premier League with a lesser club – it doesn’t matter. Reading were a lesser club in the Premier League, Kevin Davies is 33 and at Bolton.
“The way Fabio Capello is picking his squad then I’m sure anyone can get a call-up if they are playing well enough – Nicky could still get in given the way he’s playing.”