Peter Crouch believes he can be the man to help Wayne Rooney rediscover his goal touch.
Crouch, with 11 goals in his last ten England matches, is expected to partner Rooney in attack against Macedonia on Saturday.
The Manchester United striker, back after a two-match ban, has been short of goals for club and country. He has not scored for United since the opening day of the season nor in a competitive match for England for more than two years.
Crouch, aged 25, said: "Sometimes, when it's not going for you at club level, it's nice to get away with England and get a fresh start again.
"Wayne's a top talent and people are making a big thing about a couple of games when he hasn't been the best player on the pitch.
"You've got to remember how young he is but he's a top player and, given the opportunity, he'll prove a few people wrong.
"It's only a matter of time before he's scoring again but, even if he's not scoring, he gives the team so much. You want him in your team."
Rooney and Crouch have never started an England match together - although they played 86 minutes together in the World Cup against Sweden when Michael Owen went off injured.
The Liverpool striker believes the duo can get the best out of each other.
Crouch said: "Wayne can drop off and, with me up there, I can keep it high and lengthen the game and allow him to drop deep. That will work well.
"I've played with Dirk Kuyt a couple of times and he can be similar.
"He can drop off as Wayne does. I think that's what he's comfortable doing.
"He drifts and wants the ball all the time, whereas I can hold a high line and get in the box and get on the end of things."
Rooney, aged 20, joined the England squad this week for the first time since Steve McClaren took over as manager from Sven-Goran Eriksson.
He missed McClaren's first match against Greece with a groin strain and was banned from the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia because of his red card in the World Cup quarter-final.
Crouch said: "He gives the lads a lift. He's a bubbly character and great to have around the squad. He looked sharp in training and it's good to have him back."
Crouch scored England's winner in Macedonia last month but came back to earth with a bump at Liverpool. He was dropped to the bench by manager Rafael Benitez and has started only two matches in four weeks for his club.
Two goals in the Champio ns' League against Galatasaray last week - including a spectacular scissor-kick - did not do the trick. He found himself back on the bench for Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
Crouch said: "I missed four games in a row, which was frustrating, and then came in for Europe and did well, scored two.
"I don't see that it affects my form being left out or playing only the odd game here and there.
"But, at a club like Liverpool, there's going to be chopping and changing everywhere and you just have to put up with it, I suppose. I feel like I can play every game, I want to play every game but it's not always the case.
"I've been starting games regularly for England and enjoying that.
"I've missed the last few at Liverpool but I don't see a problem with that at all."
Crouch's recent goal-spree for England underlines his change in fortunes. This time last year, he was still searching for his first Liverpool goal. His credentials were being questioned at the very top level and his international prospects seemed bleak.
Now he has a strike-rate to stand comparison with some of the most revered finishers in world football.
Crouch said: "You can sit and analyse it but I just want to continue it.
"We've got two important games. It's important to win them, no matter who scores the goals.
"But it would be nice to keep that record going.
"Any time I walk out on the pitch for England at the moment, I feel like I'm going to do well and score. It's been a great year for me internationally and I feel confident."