Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is confident that striker Emile Heskey will soon hit top form following a slow start to the new season.
The 31-year-old England international has made just four starts for Villa this term and recently voiced his concerns that a lack of club action could damage his chances of making England squad for the World Cup finals.
However, O'Neill commented:"I have known Emile for a fairly lengthy time and I fully expect him to roar back. I expect players to come in and get on with it.
"Every single minute on the field is precious, so, when you are out there, go out and do it.
"The ultimate is playing for your country in a World Cup and you would want to try to protect that as much as possible.
"Seemingly, Fabio Capello likes to have the players playing in the first team, which you can understand psychologically and in terms of fitness.
"But things can change. It's a long time until January, let alone June. Lots of things can happen in that time."
Heskey himself added:"Obviously I want to play in every game.
"Everyone wants to go on that plane (to the World Cup in South Africa). It's a great tournament to play in."