Just as he stands on the brink of his international debut Scott Carson received a vote of confidence from an unexpected source yesterday - the man he's keeping out of the Aston Villa team, Stuart Taylor.
Carson, who is on loan from Liverpool but is thought to have set up a permanent move, trained alone with England coach Ray Clemence yesterday confirming reports that he will be named in the starting line-up for tomorrow's friendly in Austria.
Since arriving from Anfield just after the start of the season, the 22-year-old has been in brilliant form for Martin O'Neill's men and has kept clean sheets in half of the ten games he has played.
Last season, while on loan at The Valley, he almost single-handedly kept Charlton Athletic in the Premiership and this term he has been a big part of Villa's rise to eighth in the table.
He has also confirmed his potential with a constant sequence of call-ups by England manager Steve McClaren and looks set to go one step further in Vienna tomorrow evening.
For Taylor, who has filled in admirably before Carson moved to Villa and when the youngster was suspended following his red card against Manchester United, the opportunity is not too soon.
"He has done very well. It would be nice if he were to play," Taylor said. "He deserves a chance, he has been in the squad all the time and if they are going to keep including him in the squads it's no good bringing someone in to play ahead of him. What's the point?
"The way I look at it if they have three goalies in the squad, Scott's always one of them and then there's talk about this or that goalkeeper not doing very well, why bring someone in that hasn't been in the squad for five or six months. Why not play Scott who's there all the time? He is in there every single selection, give him his chance."
Taylor believes the goalkeeper's shirt is more up for grabs now than at any time in recent years. England have never adequately found a successor to David Seaman and the two leading contenders, incumbent Paul Robinson and former No 1 David James, both have questions hanging over them.
"It's not like it's David Seaman in goal any more, it's a relatively open situation," Taylor said. "Robbo is a fantastic goalkeeper and like any of us he has had an up and down season, everyone knows he is a good player but he's been under fire a bit.
"That's the position you put yourself in as England's No 1, you are always in the spotlight and the only way is down.
"He has had a bit of a rough time, I am sure he will be the first to put his hands up and say he hasn't played as well as he could have."
That leaves the door open for Carson who is viewed as football's Great Hope in terms of continuing a sequence of world-class keepers that have included Gordon Banks, Ray Clemence, Peter Shilton and Seaman.
If he does make it into the team it could be the first time for many years Villa have had two representatives, assuming Gareth Barry retains his place.
Certainly Taylor feels Carson is worthy of a call-up not just for his outstanding performances but for the way in which he has conducted himself since moving to the Midlands.
"If they are going to give someone a chance, give it to Scott. He is young, it's only a friendly, let's see what happens.
"He has done fantastically for us. He is a great lad who has not come here and been arrogant, he's a good bloke who has come here and been as good as gold. He's fitted in with the rest of the lads brilliantly.
"It is difficult when you come on loan because you go from not knowing anyone to getting in there straightaway and having to play. He's fitted in well enough."