Auckland City coach Paul Posa believes midfielder Chad Coombes should be at least looked upon for a call-up to the New Zealand national team.
The 26-year old Hamilton-born Coombes was in exceptional form as Auckland took on the world's best at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi recently, scoring a wonder goal against Al Ahli to give his side a victory.
Posa is adamant that Coombes is now good enough to push for selection in Ricki Herbert's All Whites squad and has backed to do so.
"I really think he is worth a look for the All Whites - Chad has started to blossom," said Posa.
"I feel our team performed above itself in Abu Dhabi and Chad was exceptional.
"Temperament was his problem but he has matured. He has worked on his weaknesses and his strengths are coming to the fore.
"He's always had fitness, speed, terrific skills and a ferocious shot ... I believe he has been watched by the All Whites and he should be considered as an outside candidate for the World Cup."
Coombes admitted it had taken him some time to mature into a decent footballer but says he believes he is now good enough for the New Zealand team if given an opportunity.
"I've been with Auckland City for six seasons now and it has taken four or five seasons to mature as a footballer," Coombes said.
"I've been told a few times that the All Whites assistant coaches are happy with how I'm going and Paul has told me to keep working hard, and that something might come of it.
"In the past I thought being a utility might be my downfall but having matured I find I can adjust to the different roles quickly and I think how I played in Abu Dhabi has improved my chances."