Stewart Downing has backed Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll to provide the solution to England's striker crisis at Euro 2012.
With Darren Bent virtually certain to miss the tournament with ruptured ankle ligaments and Wayne Rooney banned for the first two games against France and Sweden, whoever ends up leading the Three Lions into this summer's finals has a major decision to make.
Eighteen months ago, Carroll would have appeared the obvious choice after an impressive international debut against France. However, he has made just two appearances since.
And after Fabio Capello's negative comments about the 23-year-old's drinking habits, interim coach Stuart Pearce did not even call the striker up as a replacement for Wednesday's friendly with Holland at Wembley.
But with further friendlies against Norway and Belgium to be played before a provisional squad is whittled down to the 23-man party that will represent England in Poland and Ukraine, Downing feels Carroll has plenty of time left.
"Andy has been playing very well," he said.
"He's stepped it up with some big performances and I'm sure he's looking to the Euros thinking he's got a chance of playing.
"He's been a big part of the (Liverpool) team in the last few weeks. He creates goals and on his day he's a handful for anyone.
"He's scored for England and he's done well in the past. If he keeps working hard and playing well for Liverpool he'll get his chance again."
Should Downing feature for England on Wednesday it would mark his second game at Wembley in just four days having lifted the Carling Cup with Liverpool on Sunday after contributing a man-of-the-match winning display against Cardiff.
"Yesterday's performance was one of my best for Liverpool," he said.
"Wembley is a big pitch, which is good for the wide players. I enjoyed it, and it made it even better that we won."
It was a welcome boost for Downing, who has struggled to adapt since his massive £19million move from Villa to Liverpool last summer.
At one point he lost his place in Kenny Dalglish's side altogether. Thankfully the response was typically level-headed.
"Football is not always plain-sailing," said Downing. "It is up and down. It is about how you react when you are not playing well.
"You have to fight for your place, which is what I have done. The manager doesn't want people to sulk because they are not playing."