SIMON GRAYSON believes Alex Smithies has the potential to keep goal for England - but says his first priority is to make sure he's Huddersfield Town's number one.
The homegrown 22-year-old, who has just signed a contract extension taking him through to 2015, has represented his country at Under 16, 17, 18 and 19 level and has made the Under 21 squad although not the team.
He's now back to full fitness following a troublesome knee problem and after starring in Town's League I play-off final triumph over Sheffield United at Wembley, will maintain his ever-present record in the Championship when Watford visit on Saturday.
"He's one of the brightest prospects around and we're delighted he has committed himself to this club, because he's an ambitious lad," said Grayson.
"Obviously he wants to play at the highest level possible, and having worked hard to come back from injury, it's great to see him doing well again.
"He's played for England at various age group levels, so he's on the radar, but the best thing he can do is make sure he's first choice here by maintaining the standard he has set and over time, we'll see what happens."
Town haven't had a player in the full England side since left-back Ray Wilson, who won 30 caps while at Leeds Road before moving to Everton in 1964.