He told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "David was one of the young players coming through when I was at Rovers along with Damien Duff, Damien Johnson, Martin Taylor and players like that.
"There's no doubt that David is a very talented player.
"He struggled for about two years with hamstring injuries and hopefully that's behind him now.
"I think, first and foremost, he needs six months playing on a regular basis and then maybe he can look to get back into the England team. There's lots of competition for places in midfield in the England team at the moment.
"But, at the moment, Frank Lampard is injured and Steven Gerrard is injured so you never know when the opportunity is going to come up and you have to be ready for it. If David does well for Rovers, that will put him back into the spotlight and the opportunity may present itself."