Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is seeking to capitalise on Steven Caulker’s omission from the latest England squad by convincing the Cardiff City man to switch allegiances to the Saltire.
However if he can grin and bear watching the 2014 World Cup on a supersize plasma screen from the comfort of his lilo then the long-term future as a Sassenach looks sunglasses-bright for the 6ft 3in youngster.
The Three Lions are 4/5 to overcome Chile in his absence and Caulker qualifies for the Scottish footballing nationality via his grandmother.
Three of the four centre-halves in the current England squad are older than the Cardiff man.
At 31 Phil Jagielka will be an elder statesman by the time the European Championships roll around in 2016 so his participation will be far from guaranteed, leaving Gary Cahill as the most likely senior figure.
Meanwhile the Evertonian’s sometime national team and Everton partner Joleon Lescott is already 32 so throwing his tam-o-shanta in with the Scots now would be a short-termist move for Caulker given a changing of the guard amongst England’s top central-defenders is in the offing.
The former Tottenham man is still just 21-years-old.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have made less than half Caulker’s 11 starts at centre-half this season.
When Jagielka is ushered towards a comfortable armchair by the fire, the Cardiff man is likely to have clocked-up far more miles in his preferred position than the Manchester United pair, both of whom pipped him to a place in Roy Hodgson’s latest squad.
Successive Manchester United managers have done little more than toy with the idea that the duo are their future Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister or Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Furthermore the continued reliance on the aged latter pair belies a lack of faith in their successors’ abilities to play in the middle without an experienced hand on their shoulder.
Caulker has played with no such protection alongside Ben Turner who, while a capable ally, lacks the Champions League-winning class of United’s elder statesmen.
Scotland haven’t qualified for an international tournament since the 1998 World Cup.
A lifetime’s supply of delicious Irn Bru shouldn’t be enough to tempt Caulker into the arms of the Tartan Army if he has aspirations of representing his nation in the biggest competitions.