England's hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe insists that his performance against Bulgaria would never have been possible without help from fellow forward Wayne Rooney.
The Three Lions boss Fabio Capello made tactical changes to his line-up by playing the Manchester United hitman behind Defoe during the 4-0 victory at Wembley.
And Rooney, who has been struggling with his form since the debacle at the 2010 World Cup, played a significant part in all three goals that the Tottenham striker scored on Friday.
"Wayne’s contribution was superb and I wouldn’t be here talking about my goals if he hadn’t been playing," said Defoe, according to The Mirror.
"The manager changed the system round a bit with me playing up front on my own and Wayne sitting just behind me so he could get on the ball and affect the game.
"He did that to maximum effect. He was absolutely brilliant. When I was making runs he just found me.
"His contribution to the game and my goals were evident. He is a tremendous player and I think everyone could see that."
Concerning his partnership with the Merseyside-born hitman, Defoe believes that the pair's understanding of one another still needs some more time to blossom fully.
"I think it takes time," he said. "I don’t think I’ve started that many games with him but the more games you start together the better the partnership becomes.
"But everything just seemed to connect on Friday night and I for one believe the more we play together the better the partnership will become."