Chris Coleman believes that Fulham defender Zat Knight has all the qualities to succeed at international level.
Fulham manager Chris Coleman believes that defender Zat Knight has all the necessary qualities to succeed at international level.
The 23-year-old centre-back has recently enjoyed some of the best form of his career as Fulham have improved on last season's disappointing 14th place finish in the Premiership.
Such has been Knight's form that some commentators see him as being in with a chance of a late call-up to Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for this summer's European Championship.
Sven has said that Knight is "still in with a chance" of a surprise call-up and the recent match away in Portugal, which saw Ledley King make a name for himself, showed that there are still opportunities for centre-backs prior to the annoucement of the Euro 2004 squad on 17 May.
Former Welsh international Coleman is certain that the Solihull-born player can make it at the very highest level.
"He has got great qualities as a defender. He's only young but he's good on the ball, quick and good in the air. He's improved considerably this season.
"He has to learn to play at a consistent level for 90 minutes," Coleman said. "We want him to defend for the entire game. He's not quite the finished article. In another three or four years in top-flight football, he will be a real player. I'm sure he will play for England."