Man Utd defender Ferdinand: Rooney will be loving it tonight
Rooney returns after his two-match ban with the job of ensuring England see off Ukraine at Euro 2012 tonight and qualify for the quarter-finals.
Ferdinand said: "This is what Wazza loves.
"When it's a crunch game and he has to do the business it doesn't worry him at all.
"It is what being a world-class player is all about, you're supposed to enjoy the big occasions and do your best work. It hasn't always gone right for Wayne in the past in tournaments for different reasons like injury and getting sent off.
"But I know he has no fears about the fact he can do the job and do it well.
"When he's at United and it's a really big occasion, he wants the ball all the time and he wants to do everything he can to get the win for us. He doesn't get nervous about it. He's not arrogant in the sense that he goes round like he's better than everyone else. He is very much one of the team, enjoying the banter, giving it out and getting it back.
"But he knows how good he is and what he is capable of doing and that he is a very gifted footballer."