"He’s been in terrific form. I can only judge from my opinion but from what I’ve seen from his performances in the United team, his form has been really positive."
Scholes pointed out Rooney’s poor record at major tournaments – the United striker failed to score in eight World Cup appearances in South Africa and Germany.
Rooney carried injuries into both of the last two World Cups, and his determination to go to Brazil in top condition could be seen in Portugal where, in his week off, he trained with two fitness coaches.
Gerrard thinks that kind of commitment should be saluted.
"He’s worked hard this week and he decided to do his own week of extra training," Gerrard said.
"He seems in an awful better frame of mind going into this tournament than he’s had going into previous tournaments when he’s had injuries on his mind in the past. I’m excited about where Wayne Rooney is at."