Scott Carson has been given a huge vote of confidence from his Aston Villa team-mates ahead of the naming of new England coach Fabio Capello's inaugural squad.
Gareth Barry and Ashley Young who, like Carson, featured in the last England line-up under former manager Steve McClaren, believe the Villa goalkeeper is deserving of another cap and retaining the No 1 jersey he snatched from Tottenham's Paul Robinson in the autumn.
Although Carson was later blamed for at least one of the goals which put England out of the European Championships in a qualifier against Croatia, his team-mates say he has proved week in, week out for Villa - and that he has the skills and the confidence to put that slip-up to the back of his mind.
And after he made an incredible penalty save under the watchful eye of England's new Italian boss to deny Blackburn Rovers three points at Villa Park on Saturday, Barry and Young believe Carson has more than staked his claim.
Barry said: "A player's season can only get better and better from moments like that penalty save Scott made. That can only do Scott's confidence good and it also showed what he can do because he has got great ability. It won't harm his England chances, either.
"He will have learned a lot and that will stand him in good stead. That save could be a big moment in his season and in his career. Maybe what happened for England before may have affected him a tiny bit mentally but his performances have not shown any effect and he has not let us down at all."
Young said: "I am sure that mistake he made, however long ago, will have gone to the back of his head. He has put in some great performances since and he is a top keeper. He is one of the top keepers in England.
"Anything like that could affect someone if they are not strong but it depends how you bounce back and he has bounced back and been on top form."
Carson, currently on a season-long loan at Villa from Liverpool with a view to a permanent deal, has revealed he was given some top advice before the Blackburn game from his coach on how to save a penalty.
Villa's goalkeeping coach, Seamus McDonagh, told Carson the direction of Matt Derbyshire's previous spot-kick in case the need should arise and was spot on.
The England goalkeeper heeded the advice and was able to pull off a vital stop which kept Villa in the game and eventually ensured they got a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Carson said: "I was delighted with that save. Seamus told me before the game that Derbyshire's last penalty was right and low.
"That doesn't always help but I had a word in Matt's ear before the penalty and told him I remembered where he put his spot-kicks for the England Under-21s. I was just delighted to get behind it and do my bit for the team."
Carson admitted he did not like getting advice, preferring instead to test his own instincts. He said: "When he stood there, I was going to go to the left but then I saw his run-up and thought he would go right.
"He didn't strike it badly. The ball went back into the mix and the defenders did well to get it away. It was great to save it probably the same feeling as scoring a goal for the strikers."
Carson, Barry, Young and England's other hopefuls in Gabriel Agbonlahor and Nigel Reo-Coker will discover on Friday if they have made it into Capello's inaugural squad, for the game against Switzerland at Wembley in an international friendly a week tonight.
Villa are also likely to have players in the England Under-21 squad which will play the Republic of Ireland at St Mary's in Southampton on February 5.