Despite going 11 internationals since he last found the net for his country, Rooney remains a key figure.
And Milner has no doubt Rooney is capable of ending that barren run in style.
"I am a player, but I am a fan as well - I want the best possible team out there for England," he said. "He showed what a player he is on Friday. Hopefully he can go out and get a hat-trick on Tuesday."
Quite aside from his ability, Rooney's willingness to work is appreciated by his team-mates, with Milner quick to pay tribute to the Manchester United man's contribution against Bulgaria.
"He was brilliant on Friday," he said. "He brought players into the game and made a lot of goals.
"It is very hard to score the number of goals he has and be as unselfish as well."