Roy Hodgson can't wait to welcome Wayne Rooney back into the England fold too boost their World Cup hopes.
Rooney will have played just three times in 12 months for his country since his red card in Montenegro when they meet up for next month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland. He is currently sidelined with a leg injury.
"The sooner he comes back into our fold the better," said Hodgson.
"We are short of experienced and quality front players in England."
Rooney has attracted too many negative headlines for comfort this season.
Criticism of his curtailed Euro 2012 performances was followed by suggestions Sir Alex Ferguson was not happy with the condition Rooney was in when he returned from his summer break.
Nevertheless, Hodgson needs Rooney to be at his peak, if not for the encounter with San Marino at Wembley on October 12, then the trip to Poland four days later.
"We'll get the best out of him because he's desperate to play for England," said Hodgson.
"Wayne is an excellent footballer and with quality players the quality is permanent.
"The general opinion after the Euros was that he didn't play well. I'm not going to stand here arguing and defending and debating that but I'm not certain I totally agree with it.
"I still think I've got a very good player in Wayne Rooney. I've spoken to him and I know he is very anxious to do well for England."
Meanwhile Hodgson has warned his youngsters they must learn to accept criticism as well as praise if they are going to reach the top.
On Friday, immediately after England had slammed five goals past Moldova in Chisinau, Hodgson likened Tom Cleverley to Cesc Fabregas such was the accomplished manner in which he had operated behind lone striker Jermain Defoe.
Just to prove how quickly fortunes can change, Cleverley was the man in the firing line for missing two gilt-edged chances against Ukraine that almost condemned the Three Lions to a disappointing defeat.
"I'm afraid it's part and parcel of the whole business," said Hodgson.
"People need a few other things to write about and talk about other than Steven Gerrard's a good player.
"Its nice when a player like Cleverley, or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on the scene and everyone writes them up.
"The flipside of the coin for them is when it doesn't go quite so well the praise will be replaced by a little bit of criticism and it will be suggested they need more time."