Curtis Davies became the first West Bromwich Albion player to be called up by England for more than 20 years when he was selected to feature in Fabio Capello's 30-man squad.
The last player from the club to receive that honour was Stephen Hunt, the midfielder, who was picked by Bobby Robson in 1985.
Unlike his predecessor, who won two caps, Davies was one of the seven cuts the Italian made to trim his original selection to 23 but the defender, technically still on-loan at Aston Villa, intimated that had he remained playing for the Baggies in the Coca-Cola Champion-ship the call would never have come.
There is another player at the club who feels exactly the same way when it comes to international ambition, but rather than leaving for pastures new, on-loan Roman Bednar is determined to make it to the Premier League with Albion and put himself back in the thoughts of Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner.
Manager Tony Mowbray said: "We are all delighted for Curtis. I don't know how many games he has played at Villa about half a dozen, I am not sure but I am pleased for him. He is a very talented boy.
"We didn't particularly want to lose him but he wanted to make that move and good luck to him.
"In terms of our league, if that is Roman's opinion then I will abide by that, no problem. Let's hope it is not a problem for him next year in the Premier League."
Bednar has played once before for his country, featuring as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat to Serbia in 2006.
He is clearly eager for another taste and feels the Premiership offers the best chance.
Even if he had stayed in Scotland's top division with Hearts and forced his way into the first team there, Mowbray, who coached Hibernian at the same level, does not believe his chances of gaining an international recall would have been enhanced, regardless of his obvious ability.
Mowbray said: "I think there is a bigger divide in the SPL than in the Championship. You are talking about clubs with a budget of £40 million playing against clubs with a budget of £2 million.
"I would suggest that the league is not the problem.
"If Roman was playing for Gretna, no disrespect to them, the Czech Republic would still not be after him but if he was playing for Rangers or Celtic, they probably would."
Far from being downbeat, Bednar, who has scored 12 goals in his last 14 games, remains philosophic and is only concentrating on the job in hand.
"People back home do not know what I am doing here," he said.
"A few people in the media have shown what I am doing but people do not appreciate that this is a good, hard league, so it is difficult for me. But that's life.
"I am not saying that I deserve to be in the side when people like Milan Baros and Jan Koller are fit but out of a squad of 28 I think it is harsh that I am not involved."
While recognition from his fellow countrymen still eludes him there is plenty to keep Bednar on his toes at the Hawthorns, notably the competition for striking places that will now hot up given Ishmael Miller's return to training and Kevin Phillips's return to fitness.
But the ebullient Czech striker must also watch his back away from the training pitch because the inform marksman has become a marked man.
The self-styled practical joker has caused another rift between himself and Jonathan Greening after re-igniting their good-humoured and long-running feud by smearing a form of heat rub into his captain's underwear.
"I just started another war with Jonathan Greening," said Bednar.
"He had spent half-an-hour in the shower so I rubbed this stuff into his boxers.
"He was jumping around and screaming when he put them on.
"He tells me I will lose this battle but Michal Danek [Albion's new 6ft 5in signing from the Czech Republic] will come onto my side. And he is a big guy. In fact, all the players will be on my side."
If and when Bednar makes it to the Premiership, the Czech selectors are more likely to be, too.