Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is confident that England striker Wayne Rooney will shine at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Despite his club Manchester United enduring a very disappointing campaign last season, the 28-year-old still managed to stand out, notching 17 goals and 10 assists from 29 appearances in the Premier League.
However, Rooney's World Cup record is not all impressive, having failed to find the back of the net in both 2006 and 2010.
Former United midfielder Paul Scholes recently suggested that Rooney has passed his peak and should be dropped from the England squad.
Still Mourinho, who is Yahoo's ambassador for the 2014 World Cup, feels Rooney will prove everyone wrong and do well in Brazil.
"Wayne is right when he says this is his World Cup. He is not a kid anymore, he is not an old player at the end of his career, he is in what I call the best age. It is his World Cup and I think he has also a role as a leader in the team, a little bit similar that he had also at United this season," Mourinho pointed out.
"He is a guy with responsibilities in the national team, I think he is ready to cope with this pressure. I think that can play a positive role in his ambition, in his anger to succeed. I have faith in him, I have faith that he can do it."
However, The Special One, like many others, is not very confident about England's prospects at the World Cup.
Mourinho feels the Three Lions are a very unpredictable side, who will either make it or break it in Brazil this summer.
"England is the kind of team I am always expecting something good but I am never surprised when things go wrong. If England is world champions, it is not a surprise for me. If England is knocked out in the group phase, it is not a surprise for me," the Portuguese tactician stressed.
However, Mourinho disagrees that the England squad lacks quality.
"When people speak sometimes about not enough quality in the team I always disagree and I remember for example the England team in 2004, it was the European [Championship] in Portugal which is the year where I come to England for the first time.
"Even in that time people were already saying that the team was not good enough to win the competition and I remember the England team in 2004, I remember lots of them, it was full of top players from the top teams in the country."