He told The Sun: "I do not believe Capello has to look far to find someone who could fill Rooney's role tucked in and around the main striker. For me, Roo's Manchester United team-mate Ashley Young is the ideal player to play in that position.
"He's intelligent with good feet and an increasing eye for a pass and a goal.
"He may play out wide for United and England, but he has played centrally before and, as one of Three Lions' most consistent performers of late, I'd back him to fill Roo's shoes successfully at the finals.
"Likewise, fellow United star Danny Welbeck did enough in his cameo in Podgorica last Friday to suggest he could come to the fore at next summer's showpiece.
"Welbeck, promoted from the Under-21s, showed remarkable maturity when he came on as a 76th-minute sub by holding up the ball to give 10-man England some respite against Montenegro. Having learnt his top-flight trade on loan at Sunderland last season, he has made five starts for United this season and scored five goals.
"Could he emulate Hurst by coming in from the cold to bag a late place in an England squad at a major tournament?
"And if Young is switched to Rooney's role, a place in the team could be left for a conventional winger, such as Adam Johnson or even Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain to come in and 'do a Sir Geoff'."