Rob Green has been told by his QPR team-mates to enjoy training with England - and to remember he’s very much on trial.
Of course, the likes of Joey Barton and co are kidding, but that still didn’t stop them ribbing the 35-year-old with 12 caps and a World Cup appearance on his CV already.
But the outstanding keeper was the surprise replacement after Southampton’s Fraser Forster pulled up with a serious knee injury.
There was always a chance QPR would provide an England player for the Euro qualifier against Lithuania tomorrow night and the friendly against Italy on Wednesday.
But it turned out to be the wrong man, so’s to speak, with striker Charlie Austin denied a spot in favour of Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Barton has no problems with that, and insists his Rs pal with 15 goals in a struggling season will get his chance
“Chas is knocking on the door, but Harry Kane is knocking them in and he was outstanding here (at QPR) a couple of weeks ago. He was the difference between the two sides,” added the Rs skipper. “Chas has just got to keep on doing what he's doing, scoring goals, and he’s in with a legitimate shot.
“Greeny has been outstanding this year and probably kept us in a number of games, and worth five or six points on his own, certainly at Sunderland where we got our one away win thanks to a couple of excellent saves.
"I’m sorry for big Fraser, a pal of mine from my Newcastle days, because it looks like he’s got a nasty injury, and a blow to Southampton’s campaign.
“But Greeny’s got a shot. I was laughing with him saying he should let someone else have a go at England. To be fair to him, Joe Hart has cemented the number one spot, so we’ve been ribbing him mercilessly. ‘Enjoy your training. Remember, you’re on trial’ sort of thing. It’s quite cruel, really.”
Even so, Barton hopes Green gets cap number 13 in some shape or form, although he added the keeper would have willingly swapped Premier League points for the call-up.
Barton said: “For QPR to have an international is great for the fans and club, and he deserves the personal accolade, but I think he would swap three points for the chance, Hopefully, he gets a bit of game time and hope he adds to his caps.”
Green has also been linked with a move to neighbours Chelsea as a replacement for Petr Cech, who doesn't want to warm the Stamford Bridge bench any more.
However, Rs are prepared to play hardball to hang on to their custodian, who still has a year to run on his contract after this one.