Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell is convinced record signing Emile Heskey can land an England recall.
The former Birmingham City forward has not appeared for his country since winning the last of his 43 caps against France during Euro 2004.
Heskey was overlooked for this week's friendly with Greece and, as new coach Steve McClaren looks to shape his squad for the future, the 28-year-old must fear he has represented his country for the last time.
However, Jewell has enough faith in Heskey's qualities to be persuaded to splash out £5.5million to take the striker north from Blues to Wigan.
The deal saw Wigan join the big league in terms of cash spent on new players.
But Jewell feels if Heskey can reach the levels he is capable of on a regular basis, he will soon be back in the England fold.
Jewell said: "If we can get Emile back to his best, he will play for England again. I think the problem for him has been that he does not believe in himself as much as he should.
"It is something we have been working on since we got him here. We want him to believe he is a top player.
"He has all the attributes you need. If he believes in himself, he can go a very long way."
Yet, even if Jewell succeeds, it seems the former Leicester and Liverpool striker will miss out on the honour of becoming the first Wigan player to represent England.
Although technically still a Liverpool player, on-loan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland - who enjoyed the same status at West Bromwich Albion - is expected to take his place at the head of the Latics' England roll call tomorrow.