Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is confident Jermaine Pennant will win an England recall given his early season form.

"He will have an opportunity to play for England this year if he keeps progressing as he has been doing - I'm sure of that," Benitez told liverpoolfc.tv.

"He is gaining more experience at a high level all the time. Now I think he has shown he is good enough to be considered for the national team.

"The only concern I have is, from the club's point of view, it's always better to keep as many players as possible to work with them during the week, but I know and understand how important it is for players to play for their country."