Many feel that the striker no longer merits an automatic place in the England national team despite being captain of the Three Lions, such has his form been at club level in recent times.
However, teammate Herrera disagrees with the recent criticism labeled at Rooney and believes that the presence and unselfish nature of the 30-year-old, who has been performing well in a creative midfield role, will give England an improved chance of achieving success at Euro2016 in France this summer.
The Spaniard said: "He is a world class player. He is not selfish either in the team or in the dressing room. He is a very good captain. Sometimes big players, world class players, can be selfish. Wayne is not. That is very important.
"England have a chance in the Euros. They are a very young team, a very quick team - but you also need players like Wayne or Michael Carrick. They are very important for the balance. It gives you a chance.
"I know for us Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony [Martial] are quicker but we know the quality of Wayne. He can assist, he can hold the ball up very well and he can play as an extra midfielder when we have the ball. That is very important when you have a team which likes to be the protagonist.
"Wayne is a team player, he wants to help the team. He is not selfish. He will play wherever the manager wants."