The Wayne Rooney of now is a far different animal to that which set Euro 2004 alight with some quite magnificent virtuoso performances.
He may no longer be the explosive impact player he was in his youth, but the more cerebral approach to the game he has developed in recent years makes him a more well-rounded threat to the opposition.
In the buildup to his nation's midweek friendly with England, Brazilian wunderkind Neymar expressed his opinion that Roy Hodgson's side "rely too much on Rooney. Once you look past him you don’t see an obvious player who can win them a match." (via The Sun)
While this is at best a debatable claim, there can be no denying the Manchester United man's importance to his country.
Here are five reasons England can win the World Cup 2014 with Wayne Rooney firing.