After Fabio Capello spoke in glowing terms about Martin Kelly after watching him turn in an impressive performance in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, Jay Spearing says his Reds teammate would thoroughly deserve a place in the England squad.
Having hinted he may be about to make the 21-year-old full-back Anfield's newest England international, Spearing called for Capello to reward Kelly with senior recognition for the Three Lions.
The Liverpool-born duo have each enjoyed a rapid rise into the Reds' first team under the stewardship of Kenny Dalglish, with both players excelling in their respective positions over the past twelve months.
An injury cut-short Kelly's progress at the back end of the last campaign, but Spearing, who is very close both on and off the field with Kelly having come through the Academy together, insists the defender has a lot to offer the national team.
"I have come through the ranks with Kells [Kelly] and it is great to be involved in the first team squad together," he said. "He would deserve an England call-up. He was on a roll last season when Kenny took over and was just unlucky to get injured at West Ham.
"He got a bit of banter from the lads about the way he went down, but with a hamstring injury there is nothing you can do and it does take time before you are ready to come back.
"He showed again at Arsenal exactly what he is capable of doing and I think he will go on to better things."