Frank Lampard expects Wayne Rooney to be fired up and determined to prove his critics wrong in England’s crunch match against Uruguay on Thursday.
Rooney’s place in the team has come under the spotlight in recent weeks after a number of indifferent displays – the latest of which came in England’s 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday.
Lampard claims there is a counter-productive "agenda" against Rooney that will only hinder England’s chances of succeeding at this World Cup.
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Like Rooney, Lampard has gone through his ups and downs with England. The former Chelsea midfielder enjoyed a successful start to his international career, but he was booed in 2007 – much to his dismay.
Lampard recovered from the episode and he is backing Rooney to prove his doubters wrong – just when England need him the most.
"I think Wayne looks ready to show what he can do on the pitch," the England midfielder said.
England put on an encouraging performance in Manaus. Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck took the step up to World Cup level with ease.
But Roy Hodgson was determined to let the players know the result was not good enough.
The England manager addressed the squad, along with Lampard and Steven Gerrard, the day after the match.
The input of Gerrard and Lampard was important – not only because of their respective roles as captain and vice-captain – but because they know all too well what it feels like to go to a tournament and head home early.
"There were a lot of good reports and rightly so after the game but I don’t want to part of a team which had great potential and played a good performance but then we all go home. Nobody wants to do that," said Lampard, who is playing at his third World Cup.
"We are under no illusions what the next game is about.
"It was very important me and Steven said the same because we’ve been there and gone home earlier than what we wanted before and we wanted to really take stock now and realize there’s a cup final coming up and we had four or five days to really get ready for it."