Joachim Löw, the Germany coach, would consider bringing Robert Huth out of international exile and into the Euro 2016 squad after being impressed by the Leicester defender’s performances.
The former Chelsea man has not been capped by his country in almost a decade but Löw says, if necessary, he would have no qualms bringing Huth back into the fold.
“I’m very happy about his performances in the Premier League, he has always been a great player and had great performances in our team,” he said of the 31-year-old.
“I know if something happens with one of our defenders we can call him. We do have a lot of defenders in our pocket but we could call him. He is a really good central defender and I would be happy if he wins the Premier League.”
Löw was also full of praise for Huth’s club team-mate Jamie Vardy, describing the England striker as a “spectacular player”.
The 29-year-old forward has hit 19 goals this season to help take Leicester five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
With England captain Wayne Rooney absent with a knee injury, Vardy is in line to pick up his fifth England cap at the Olympic Stadium as he looks to break his international duck.
And, as well as attracting plenty of praise back home, it appears his exploits have also made an impression on the reigning world champions – with Löw well aware of the threat the former non-league forward poses.
“We did watch him and he is a spectacular player,” he said. “A great performance, we did talk about him the last couple of days, not only him, but he is a player who is straightforward and is always looking to find the gap in the defence and get in behind the defence.
“That is where it hurts the most and I think that is one of his biggest qualities.”