Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped veteran Manchester United defender Gary Neville to win a place in England's World Cup squad.
Neville, 35, has not represented the Three Lions since winning the last of his 85 international caps in February 2007.
However, Ferguson would not be surprised if Neville is named in head coach Fabio Capello's final 23-man squad for South Africa after his return from two injury-ravaged seasons to reclaim the right-back berth at Old Trafford in recent months.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he went to South Africa," said Ferguson.
"It is not my job to say he should go, it is difficult enough for an international manager, but I wouldn't be surprised if Fabio chose him."
Meanwhile, Ferguson expects the long-serving full-back to follow fellow stalwarts Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in signing a new one-year contract to play on with the Red Devils next season.
He added:"There is no dialogue here yet but I am pretty sure Gary will be here next year.
"He is an amazing man. When you are in your 30s and been out of the game for a year and a half it is impossible for most players to come back to the level he is at now.
"He used his experience to the full last Saturday (against Manchester City). Craig Bellamy is a handful but Gary will have studied every little bit of him.
"That is what he does and he had him under control."