Steven Gerrard says Wayne Rooney can still star at the World Cup.

Steven Gerrard says Wayne Rooney can still star at the World Cup. Photo: AFP

England captain Steven Gerrard on Thursday dismissed Paul Scholes' claim that his former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney might already be past his best.

Speaking earlier this week, Scholes said Rooney, with whom he played for eight seasons at Old Trafford, might be worn out because he has been playing professionally since the age of 16.

But ahead of England's friendly against Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday, Liverpool midfielder Gerrard argued that Rooney's performances over the 2013-14 campaign proved the 28-year-old can star at the World Cup.

"For me, I think Paul Scholes is wrong," Gerrard said at the England team hotel in Watford, north of London.

"For me, he's been Manchester United's best player throughout (the season) - in the league and in Europe. I think Wayne Rooney's been in terrific form.

"I can only judge him and have my opinion on him on what I've seen. His performances in the Manchester United team have been really positive.

"He's worked hard this week. He decided to do his own week's training and he seems in an awfully better frame of mind going into this tournament than when he had injuries on his mind last time (2010).

"So for me, I'm excited about where Wayne Rooney's at."

Rooney is expected to start up front alongside Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge for the game against Peru, which will be England's last friendly in front of their own fans before the World Cup.

Although teenage left-back Luke Shaw is doubtful with a cold, manager Roy Hodgson will have an otherwise fully fit squad.

Despite the squad's clean bill of health, Gerrard warned against getting carried away.

"I think it's a bit early to come out with any ludicrous shouts about how good this team and this squad is.

"We'll be judged on the games in the World Cup. But I'll agree with the manager that training was very positive, very sharp and intense.

"If we can take that into the games, it'll certainly give us a better chance of being successful."

England fly to Miami after Friday's game to play further friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras before tackling Italy in their opening World Cup group match in Manaus on June 14.

Hodgson suggested he would select a strong line-up to face Pablo Bengoechea's Peru, who failed to qualify for Brazil.

AFP