It remains to be seen how Rooney will be deployed in Brazil this summer, but he's expected to start behind Sturridge against Honduras due to Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury and Sterling's suspension. However, Hodgson may be better served starting Rooney on the left of the trio behind the striker the World Cup, if performances against Peru and Ecuador are anything to go by.
Britain is offering 1,000 troops and the tanks they can still start to NATO so they can put on a show in Poland that they think will put Vlad the Insaner back in his box...
So, Rooney might be a little off-colour at this tournament. No bother. He's still comfortably England's best player, right? Well, maybe not. England fans may well have to come to the conclusion sooner or later that Wayne Rooney is a choker. It sounds ridiculous to say, with his exceptional goalscoring record for his country, but it could just be true.
I've risked major mockery in the last month for asserting confidently amongst friends that England are different this time around, that we can match the fluent approach play of more successful nations, because this time we have the personnel. After watching our 3-0 snooze-fest against Peru, I stand by this marginally fantastical statement.
When a new manager enters the fray, speculation is rife. 'Who will he pick?' 'What style of play will he adopt?' 'Will he be the man to bring England glory?' But the harsh reality is that regardless of who the manager is, England will never compete with the likes of Brazil, Germany and Spain.
Andy Carroll's reputation has suffered since Euro 2012 because of his scarcely-mentioned £35m transfer to Liverpool. He will be forever labelled as an 'expensive flop' and be ridiculed by part-time football fans for a cheap laugh because he couldn't justify a ludicrous price tag that he never set himself.
There is plenty to discuss and argue over regarding the XI players selected by their fellow professionals as the best performers over the current campaign. What better to add fuel to the fire than WhoScored's statistically calculated team of the season so far?
England are in a tricky group, and therefore a tricky situation as far as expectation goes. They aren't even favourites to make it out the group, let alone win the thing, so taking a squad of youngsters to experience the atmosphere of a major tournament, without concentrating on progress is one line of thought.
I argue that the English should be more positive about our chances. We're too quick to attack and condemn our boys when they fail to deliver, but rarely offer praise and optimism should they do well. Here are five reasons why English football fans should be more optimistic about England's chances in the World Cup.
"Arsene Wenger will not be a difficult act to follow - he will be an impossible act to follow." Those are the words of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, who spoke to Sportsweek earlier this week. He could well be right.