Wayne Rooney - who was left out of Manchester United's game against Shakhtar Donetsk because of a shin injury - has been in brilliant form this season.
In fact, the England striker has been the best player in a United side that looks mediocre at best.
Having been tipped to leave United after falling out with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney has knuckled down since the closure of the transfer window.
Rooney will be hoping to prove himself in Sunderland's game, given that on previous returns from injury it has taken the striker a number of games to get back to his best.
Indeed, Roy Hodgson will be hoping that Rooney bounces back quickly because England have two crucial World Cup qualifiers coming up against Montenegro and Poland respectively - it is likely that Hodgson's job rests on England's performance in the next two games.
If England do not qualify for the World Cup, long suffering fans may finally give up on the Three Lions. With Rooney, there is the general feeling that his international form has never matched his club performance.
With Rooney currently playing so well, now is the best opportunity for the attacker to play at his absolute best.
If he can build up momentum going into next summer's World Cup, there is every chance that he will finally banish one of his more embarrassing statistics - Rooney has never scored at a World Cup.
Unfortunately for the Liverpudlian, appearances at World Cups have always coincided with dips in form.
Undoubtedly, if he can maintain the level of performance that has seen him score three goals in five games for his club, Rooney will shine against Montenegro and Poland.
If he can fire England towards the World Cup finals, the former Everton man will demonstrate that he is crucial to England's chances in Brazil.
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