Pulis himself believes Stokeâ€™s born-again winger is a genuine shout for Englandâ€™s World Cup squad next summer.
Asked if England coach Capello had contacted him about 28-year-old Etherington, a coy Pulis told The Sentinel: â€śThatâ€™s for me to know and not to say.â€ť
Etherington, who has three England under-21s caps, would have to jump a queue of players headed by the likes of Joe Cole, Ashley Young and a fit-again Stewart Downing to win a place, but Pulis argued: â€śMatty is as good a left-sided player as there is in the country at the moment.
â€śHeâ€™s played ever so well over the last month and it doesnâ€™t surprise me that people have rung me up to see if he should be involved in the squad.
â€śThe big thing is the top coaches want people to work right through the team and Matty does that.
â€śIf you ask (left-back) Danny Collins, he will tell you how hard Matty works.
â€śEthers has been different class recently, but I still think thereâ€™s more to come. Heâ€™s got a goal threat and so much quality.â€ť
â€śMatty and Ryan have an outside chance,â€ť he said. â€śWe are a small club, but I donâ€™t think Capello goes on reputations.
â€śRyan is a future England player, as Iâ€™ve said before. Thereâ€™s no doubt in my mind that Ryan will play for England. He listens, wants to work and wants to learn.â€ť