Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill believes Nigel Reo-Coker has a genuine chance of making England's squad for the European Championships next year.
O'Neill said: "There were other teams very interested in signing him. I was very pleased he decided to come to us. West Ham told us there were other offers and I was very pleased to get him.
"He has done well for us and is very conscientious. He is still finding his feet here and that is pleasing because there is much more to come from him.
"I think if England qualify for Euro 2008, which you would expect them to, then Nigel would have time to make a big enough impression to be heading with that squad to Austria and Switzerland in the summer time.
"That should be a driving ambition of his - and I am sure it is."