The 26-year-old Manchester United man is one of the England squad’s more experienced players, with John Terry retired and Rio Ferdinand out of favour, while Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have suspension and injury concerns ahead of this week’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
Rooney, who has 76 caps for his country, said he wanted to be like Eric Cantona was at Old Trafford in the 90s and lead the young squad.
“There are a lot of young players in the squad and I always try to speak to them and offer advice,” Rooney said.
“I remember Alex Ferguson telling me what a big help Cantona was to all those younger players at United.
“It is something I can try do for England and hopefully help bring the best out of them, as they can bring the best out of me.”
England take on San Marino at Wembley on Friday, before facing Poland on the road four days later in World Cup qualifiers.