Steven Gerrard heads into the World Cup off an inspiring if agonisingly disappointing season but the tournament provides him with a chance to take his mind off it.
The Liverpool captain came so close to winning his first Premier League medal, and now has the task of lifting England for their tough World Cup adventure in Brazil.
One former England captain, David Beckham, has no doubts over his ability to do that.
With Gerrard looking like a new player in a more withdrawn role, his former Three Lions teammate had plenty of kind words to say about the Liverpool captain.
Beckham told The Mail: ‘People talk about players from the Premier League being tired going into the World Cup. But Stevie’s looking as fresh as anything and he’s one of the older players.
‘He’s an exceptional player and Stevie will have the team ready for Brazil.’
With young guns like Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling providing plenty of fresh options for the Three Lions, a player of Gerrard's experience will be vital to lead them on.
Just two years ago at Euro 2012, Gerrard was England's best player by a distance, and this time the hope is the rest will step up and give him some help.
Beckham believes Raheem Sterling can do that, stating: "‘I think he’s a great talent, he plays with the flair of a kid who goes out and just plays. The games I’ve seen him play for Liverpool and England, he’s just stepped into a role and deserves to be here."