Rio Ferdinand and John Terry have hailed the qualities of Joe Cole ahead of decision day for Fabio Capello.
The England boss must cut his 30-man preliminary World Cup squad down to 23 on Tuesday as the Three Lions prepare for South Africa.
Cole seemed destined to miss out earlier this year after an injury blighted campaign for Chelsea, for whom he was used mainly as a substitute by Carlo Ancelotti.
But a strong end to the season earned a call-up to the preliminary squad and Cole then bolstered his credentials when coming off the bench to help England beat Japan 2-1 in a friendly on Sunday.
In his first appearance for the Three Lions for 20 months, Cole played first as a second striker behind Wayne Rooney and then in a wide right role, setting up England's equaliser with a great cross.
England skipper Ferdinand said: "I would say Joe Cole made the biggest impact but all the substitutes made impacts in different ways.
"All of them were very lively and they gave us a bit more drive and forcefulness.
"That is what you need going into a tournament. You need players who can make an impact off the bench."
Terry also hailed the qualities of Cole as his Chelsea team-mate waits to find out if he will be part of the England squad for the finals.
He said: "Joe did very well and personally I'm pleased for him. He was great towards the end of the season for Chelsea as well.
"I was delighted to see him in and given a chance. He causes defenders all sorts of problems when he floats in between the midfield and the front men.
"He can see passes too. Look at the ball he played through for Ashley Cole. He made a big impact against Japan and he'll just have to wait and see (if he is selected.)"