Ashley Cole and Arsene Wenger are the latest members of Maik Taylor's fan club following his stunning performance at Highbury on Sunday.
Steve Bruce, the Blues manager, declared that it was Taylor's best match for Birmingham as he pulled off a string of saves to deny Arsenal until he was beaten by a late deflected strike.
Wenger said that, after throwing the kitchen sink at Taylor, it was ironic that a scrappy deflected shot finally did the trick.
"The only kind of shot that would have beaten him was a deflected one," Wenger said. "He has gone from being the second-string keeper at Fulham, where he was always basically on the bench, to number one at Birmingham and he is obviously enjoying it.
"He's in his thirties but a goalkeeper can emerge very late,
"A goalkeeper's career can start at 28 and carry on until at least 36 and, after seeing him against us, you think 'this guy should have played at 18 in the Premier League'."
England full-back Cole, who also saw Taylor give a competent display when Northern Ireland beat England during a World Cup qualifier last month, said he doubted whether a breakthrough would arrive.
He said: "It was hard work, especially when they put ten men behind the ball, but we got the break that we needed.
"If you look at the chances we created then we should have won by four or five clear goals but their goalkeeper played really well.
"And in the end we were lucky to get one."
Cole then turned his thoughts to the national team and the vital World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Poland.
England must win both fixtures to be assured of qualifying for Germany in 2006 and the pressure is already building, as the nation will expect nothing less than a brace of victories.
Sub-standard performances in Wales and Northern Ireland have left them with a difficult task of overhauling Poland in a weak group.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, the England coach, has been harangued by all sections of the media after tinkering with the tactics to accommodate players and is under the microscope like never before.
However, Cole is convinced that any blame lies firmly at the feet of the players, rather than the beleaguered Swede.
Cole said: "The performances in Wales and Northern Ireland were nothing to do with the manager.
"We are the ones who were playing. Whether we play one up front or whatever we play, it is the players who play the game, it is nothing to do with the manager.
"Everyone is behind him. For us, we have to get our game back together, as we are the ones who are playing the game.
"I've not really thought about the game against Austria too much but it will be a tough game.
"We have to go into it really focused and determined because we have to win two games. So we have to attack."
Cole also dropped a big hint to Eriksson that he would like to see his Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell restored to the starting line-up.
John Terry and Rio Ferdinand have been England's central defensive pairing while Campbell has been recuperating from his longterm injury.
But there is a groundswell of opinion that believes Campbell should be recalled - and Cole agrees.
"Of course I would like to play with him for England," he said. "It is not my job, Sven has a tough job, but hopefully he will make the right decision.
"Any team would love Sol in their defence, he is solid and that makes the team more solid.
"He seems to bring the best out in me and a lot of the other players as well."
With Gary Neville injured, Carragher could potentially rival Luke Young for the right-back spot - while Eriksson's other decision must come over Owen's likely partner in the enforced absence of Rooney.
Peter Crouch is in pole position although Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent will be trying to impress Eriksson in training this week.
Crouch said: "There are a lot of good strikers in England at the moment but I'd like to think I'm a little bit different and can bring something different to the England set-up.
"I think everyone was disappointed with the last two games, especially the Northern Ireland game, but I'm sure with the quality in the England set-up there won't be any problems getting points from those games. The lads have gone back to their club games and are playing well."
Crouch has played once for England, impressing Eriksson in the summer tour match against Colombia when helping Owen to a hat-trick.