Gary Neville’s inclusion in the England squad for the World Cup finals would be no surprise, according to his Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The right-back, who has won 85 international caps since his debut against Japan in a friendly in 1995, is back in the Red Devils’ first team this season after a frustrating run of injuries over the last three years.
Neville, 35, was first-choice for England for years before suffering a broken ankle in March 2007 which was followed by a series of niggles which severely affected his availability.
But Fergie claims he would be an asset for England boss Fabio Capello over the course of the tournament, although he has stopped short of telling the Italian to pick his club captain.
The Scot said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to South Africa.
“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.”