FULHAM boss Roy Hodgson believes there is still time for Paul Konchesky to go to the World Cup as an England player.
And there would be no better time for the left-back to stake a claim for a late place in Fabio Capello's notebook than against Tottenham in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday night for Konchesky's first game since he got an ankle injury in the away defeat to Blackburn on January 16.
The 28-year-old earned two caps under Sven-Goran Eriksson between 2003-05, and has been a pillar for the Whites since joining in July 2007 – but has also been kept wanting for further honours by the likes of Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge.
With both out of the England reckoning for different reasons, Hodgson reckons a trip to South Africa for a tilt at football's top prize is still a possibility for his own player.
He said: “Fabio Capello will have a very clear opinion of Paul Konchesky – he's seen enough of him.
“Not being fit enough to be considered for a game on March 3 will not make a difference to being fit on June 1.
“We'd be delighted if one of our players got into the England squad – we'd be the first to wish him well – and even carry him to the get-together.
“It's not too late for Paul – certainly not in terms of injury.