Can Rooney make the difference at Euro 2012?
Can a player decree his teams fortunes by sitting on the bench?
Look at the man in the picture. Remember his face. He could be the difference between his team progressing in the European Championships, or getting bounced out of it.
It is precisely from that spot that Rooney could make the conversion from villain to hero - he has been there before - without actually moving a muscle, or breaking into a sweat.
For the English team, currently trying to break their jinx as one of the best football units never to have won the European Championships, the buzz this week will be if Rooney can resurrect them - should he play after a two match ban against France and Sweden, or whether his presence will be redundant after England's first two games on Monday and Friday.
Rooney makes no idle boast of his team's chances when he claims that England are in it to win it. How much of a chance they actually have in the absence of their star talisman in the important opening two fixtures is going to be a case fit for higher powers to deliberate over.
That being said there is no evidence of expectation, false hope, or over-optimism in Rooney's psychological make-up. He portrays his team's chances in the simplest of fashion: plain confidence, that there is always a chance, no matter how small.
It is ironical therefore, that England view most of Rooney's strengths as an accumulation of their own weaknesses. It is a mindset that has seen them falter on many occasions but they have failed to comprehend the reason for their failures.
Will the events of this week alter the script? Can a player decree his teams fortunes by sitting on the bench? Rooney has the answers.