Jamie Redknapp says he has his fingers crossed that Jermain Defoe is selected for England's Euro 2004 squad.
The skipper is a confirmed admirer of the brilliant 21-year-old sharp-shooter, who was back on the goal trail on Saturday with a rasping finish against Blackburn Rovers.
"He is sharp, he was a great signing and is a good player," reflected Jamie. "I've got my fingers crossed that he will be going to Euro 2004.
"He is such a great finisher, so let's hope he does go as it would be good for him and good for the club as well."
Jamie went on to describe the Rovers win as a welcome tonic and does not underestimate the value of scoring, rather than conceding an early goal.
"It was just what we needed. It has been tough all round, tough for the players and the fans, who have not had a lot to cheer about.
I thought on Saturday we played well, we got after them and deserved to win.
"It was a massive boost to go ahead early because we have conceded so many early goals of late and it is so hard to get back into it - especially away from home where it is more difficult.
"In the Arsenal game when we went behind we had the fans to really keep us going, when you are away it is harder and the home side have a real go after going ahead.
"I thought we played well and we are delighted with that result."