Roy Hodgson thinks Wayne Rooney proved in England's 2-0 win over Switzerland that he is more than capable of combining the roles of captain and deadly frontman.
England began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a bang on Monday night.
Although Danny Welbeck grabbed the headlines with his brace, Rooney played an important part in the win too, helping set up his former Manchester United team-mate for England's first goal.
The England captain led by example throughout, tearing around the pitch with a typically tenacious display that left Hodgson delighted.
Switzerland 0 England 2 - player ratings
Switzerland 0 England 2 - player ratings
1/11 Joe Hart
Returning to his imposing best. Underworked in first half as Lichtsteiner shot over. Strong saves from Seferovic before being rounded by Drmic. 7/10
2/11 John Stones (left)
Forced to play out of position again but not unduly troubled. Turned easily on occasion but overall was unfazed on the biggest night of his career. 6
3/11 Gary Cahill
More experienced centre-back and held backline together with authority. Struggled on turn at times. Trademark clearance off line from Drmic. 7
4/11 Phil Jones
Fell into Seferovic to halt one Swiss attack. Ceded possession before being bailed out by Hart. Close with header and cleared from under how own crossbar. 6
5/11 Leighton Baines
Caught late by Shaqiri in opening minutes but was danger with delivery from left side. Enjoyed freedom to spend large periods in the Swiss half. 6
6/11 Jack Wilshere
Too easily robbed of possession but enjoyed space to influence proceedings. Clever ball to Rooney came to nothing and had shot deflected past post. 7
7/11 Fabian Delph
Handed competitive debut and too hyped early. Left foot in on Behrami before diving in on Lichtsteiner. Rarely gave ball away and should have won penalty. 7
8/11 Jordan Henderson
Overcame injury worries to maintain place in centre of the park. Tidy in possession and aided forward momentum as England prospered on counter. 6
9/11 Raheem Sterling
England’s latest great hope kept the hosts occupied with his quick feet and canny movement. Played major role in move for Welbeck’s opener. 7
10/11 Wayne Rooney
Failed to control Wilshere pass in front of goal and close with header before dropping back to orchestrate move for opener. Best showing for a long time. 8
11/11 Danny Welbeck
Arsenal new boy replaced Sturridge. Chose wrong option after steaming in off right wing but showed composure to find net twice to earn the points. 8
The England manager was particularly pleased for Rooney given all the criticism his star striker has been subjected to this summer.
"I was very impressed with Wayne. He learned a long time ago that, if you're going to have a big career as an England player, it comes with criticism and enormous scrutiny," Hodgson said.
"He's been very anxious to show how good he is and anxious to show he can do this job and I'm glad he could marry these things together.
"He's been doing the absolute maximum to do the best he can, but forwards play with small margins.
"A few goal chances are missed and you're criticised. It was nice for Wayne and also for Danny Welbeck, not only with his goals but the work he put in.
"Both did a spectacular job with the way they won the ball so far up the field."
Hodgson silenced his own critics with the win over the Swiss, who are England's only major obstacle to topping Group E.
An inexperienced team containing full debutant Fabian Delph and 20-year-old defender John Stones looked threatening throughout the game at St Jakob-Park, where Hodgson sent England out in a 4-4-2 diamond formation.
Hodgson also picked out Raheem Sterling, Delph and Jack Wilshere for praise after the win.
"Raheem played well and there is more to come from him," the boss said.
"The same applies to Jack Wilshere. These are our talented players. This is the way forward, we've got to back them. I'm pleased we adopted a bold approach.
"The inclusion of Delph could be regarded as a bolder move given he's inexperienced, but I was very pleased with his performance.
"I asked a lot of these players, but only because, if it's going to work in the future, if this group of players is to become any good, we've got to do it from the start (of the qualifying campaign).
"We had to go from the start as we mean to continue and luckily we got the start which will help us."
Given that 24 teams will contest Euro 2016, it would take a huge collapse for England to fail to qualify for France, even if they had been defeated in Basle.
But Monday's win dented the pride of new Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.
"It's a good lesson we've been taught tonight," Petkovic said.
"We started nervously and committed costly errors."