It is only a matter of time before Scott Carson gets an England recall if his form continues, according to West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray.
Despite a blunder in his home debut against Everton, his new manager has been delighted with his performances and believes they will not go unnoticed by those who matter at the FA.
Mowbray said: “He has a fantastic work ethic, first and foremost, and he realises he has another fantastic goalkeeper working alongside him on the training ground, meaning competition for that number one spot is very intense.
“But he showed today the qualities that have made him England’s number one goalkeeper. He looked dominant coming through packs in order to relieve pressure; his distribution was excellent and even though he is 6ft 4in he is very agile, as you saw.
“Those at the FA are obviously very aware of Scott Carson and much depends on how he performs for us and very much on what the goalkeepers in the [England] squad now are doing.
“But the professionals in the FA will dictate that every goalkeeper in contention will be watched every week and if anyone was here today, Scott won’t have done his chances any harm.”
Mowbray made it clear he felt Albion did enough to win the game against a side playing the unapologetically physical and direct style of football that his side has found hard to handle in the past.
The clean sheet speaks volumes. Mowbray added: “I have found that we can compete in the league but I do not think we played them off the park.
“They are very good at what they do and they have asked lots of questions of us.
“There were moments when the contrast in styles was very evident. The way we play is what we do week in week out and what led us to win the championship last season.
“But we still lost 11 games, to teams like Stoke City who can put it in the box.
“Like Bolton, they ask questions of you.
“What we are trying to do is improve our ability to deal with direct opposition and make sure that can’t hurt us as much as it did last year.”