John Terry believes Wayne Rooney is ready to set the World Cup alight as he is desperate to make up for lost time after recovering from his broken metatarsal.
Rooney has been gradually eased back into action by England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson with an half-hour substitute's appearance against Trinidad and Tobago and 70 minutes in the midweek 2-2 draw with Sweden.
But the Manchester United star is chomping at the bit to make an impression in Sunday's second round encounter with Ecuador in Stuttgart.
Terry said: 'It has been a massive boost to the players to have Wayne Rooney back. He is certainly ready. He has got fire in his belly.
'He has not played football for a long time and he has missed it very much. You can see in training that he is dying to get on the pitch, play a full 90 minutes and take us all the way in the World Cup.
'He wants to play a full part. He has been frustrated by his injury. He just wants to get out there and score goals and play football.'
Terry is also convinced Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard will soon start delivering goals in the tournament after going close on several occasions in the group matches.
Lampard scored three times in four matches during Euro 2004 and Terry believes he can reach a similar tally once he breaks his duck.
He said: 'We have got so many players with goals in them. When certain players aren't scoring, when Michael Owen wasn't scoring, other players stepped up.
'Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole have already been on target and I am sure Lamps will score soon. He has looked very dangerous.
'Lamps is practising shooting every day in training and the goals are flying in. Once one goes in, there will be two or three to follow.
'He hit two very good shots in the first two games with Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago and the respective 'keepers made some very good saves.
'Frank is getting into the forward positions and, as long as he is making those runs, the goals will come eventually.'
Terry is aware England can ill afford a repeat of the slipshod display against Sweden in terms of defending set-pieces if they are to make significant progress in the tournament.
He said 'Why did it go so wrong? I am not too sure. Before the game everyone is on the ball. We all know what role we have got, who we are marking, what roles we have got as players individually, the responsibilities we have got at set plays.
'Sweden just overpowered us and it seemed, once they had got in the first couple of headers after that we looked a bit shaky.
'It's all about responsibility. We all know who we are marking and everyone has got to stand up and take responsibility.
'I honestly think it was just one of those games where it didn't work out at set-plays.
'I believe that was one of the strong points for us coming into this tournament. We have got big men who can deal with crosses and balls.'