Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves is set to make a rare start for England against Sweden on Tuesday.
Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is keen to have Steven Gerrard available for England's last 16 tie at the World Cup and is planning to rest him from the final Group B game to ensure he does not pick up a second yellow card and earn a one-game ban.
The Liverpool star's absence will leave a vacancy in central midfield, with Hargreaves set to step in and play in a holding role behind the more attack-minded Frank Lampard.
Asked if he would start in Cologne, the 25-year-old replied: "It looks that way. Obviously, it would be a great opportunity.
"My last start was two years ago and funnily enough against Sweden as well. It would be a dream come true.
"Any time you receive an opportunity as a footballer it's important to take it. In the past, I think I've done that and that's obviously what I'm looking forward to doing.
"The most important thing is that we get the result we need, whether that means me playing a great game, an average game or whatever."