England captain David Beckham has said that Wayne Rooney's continuing recovery from his metatarsal injury has given the whole squad a boost.
The Manchester United striker was able to kick a ball with both feet during Friday's training session to raise hopes that he will be able to take some part in this month's World Cup.
An upbeat Beckham said: "Wayne is working hard to get fit - his improvement is very encouraging. We have to be careful though.
"We're going to have to take the advice of the Manchester United and England physios but it has given everyone a lift seeing him kick a ball about today.
"The way his training has been going, I'm sure he'll play a part in the World Cup but we've got to be careful - we don't want him to break down.
"I'm surprised by how quickly he's recovering. It was longer for me but there again it didn't take me as long as it took Gary Neville to recover.
"I'm going into the tournament with no injuries and physically and mentally I feel great. If I'm feeling good fitness-wise my performances will be good but unfortunately my fitness has sometimes not been great in the last three years.
"I can take criticism but I was pleased to get the praise for my display on Tuesday (against Hungary.) I always work hard to prove my critics wrong and I enjoy doing that.
"The belief in this term is stronger than 1998 and 2002. A lot of players like Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have won Premiership titles and the Champions League in the last 12 months and that breeds confidence.
"But we're not going to win the World Cup with 11 players, we need to use the whole squad."