Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed Wayne Rooney will start for England against Sweden in Cologne on Tuesday.
Rooney made his comeback from a broken metatarsal when he appeared as a second-half substitute in England's 2-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago last Thursday.
And Eriksson clearly feels the Manchester United striker is now ready to start a match for the first time against the Swedes in England's final Group B clash.
Eriksson is understood to have revealed his intention to start with Rooney in an interview with host broadcasters today.
And Eriksson has admitted to a Swedish newspaper that he will play Rooney if there are no objections from his medical staff with Michael Owen his preferred choice to partner the Manchester United striker - meaning Peter Crouch is likely to be dropped.
'Rooney looks very good,' Eriksson told Aftonbladet.
'He's saying himself that he's ready to play for 90 minutes but then again he's been saying that for three weeks.
'I want to start with him and give him at least an hour on the pitch. But we'll have to see - it depends a little on how he looks in the rest of our training sessions.
'But if the doctors and physios don't have any objections then Wayne is set to play.
'He will make all the difference for us. He's fantastic as a linking player and he will give us several options in the final third of the pitch.'
On whether Owen and Rooney will play together, Eriksson added: 'They've been my first choices for a long time so yes it's tempting.'