Pulis himself believes Stoke‚Äôs born-again winger is a genuine shout for England‚Äôs World Cup squad next summer.
Asked if England coach Capello had contacted him about 28-year-old Etherington, a coy Pulis told The Sentinel: ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs for me to know and not to say.‚ÄĚ
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: ‚ÄúMatty is as good a left-sided player as there is in the country at the moment.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs played ever so well over the last month and it doesn‚Äôt surprise me that people have rung me up to see if he should be involved in the squad.
‚ÄúThe big thing is the top coaches want people to work right through the team and Matty does that.
‚ÄúIf you ask (left-back) Danny Collins, he will tell you how hard Matty works.
‚ÄúEthers has been different class recently, but I still think there‚Äôs more to come. He‚Äôs got a goal threat and so much quality.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúMatty and Ryan have an outside chance,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe are a small club, but I don‚Äôt think Capello goes on reputations.
‚ÄúRyan is a future England player, as I‚Äôve said before. There‚Äôs no doubt in my mind that Ryan will play for England. He listens, wants to work and wants to learn.‚ÄĚ