Rooney admits he grew up idolising Gazza.
Rooney said: "The way Jack Wilshere runs with the ball and gets at opponents is the closest thing I've seen to Gazza.
"Jack is a lot quicker and a lot stronger than people realise.
"And it was great to see such a young player coming in against a team like Brazil on Wednesday night and putting in a performance like he did this week when we won 2-1. Any time you beat Brazil it's a great result and we are all delighted with the win and the performance."