The Manchester United man has come under criticism from some quarters ahead of this year's tournament and is yet to score in eight appearances at World Cup finals.
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"I would like him in my team, you know!" he told Sky Sports News.
"Wayne Rooney has not scored [in the World Cup finals] but he was fantastic for the team. He was always the player who fought more for the team. The World Cup is a very short tournament and the experienced players always do well.
"England have a difficult group but I think they could qualify."
On Brazil's chances of lifting the World Cup for a sixth time, Pele is confident that the tournament will end on a high for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side, although he admits that there are a plethora of teams capable of going all the way.
"Always I trust Brazil are going to win the final, it doesn't matter against who," he remarked.
"But, besides Brazil, I see Germany and we have to respect Spain. In South America I think Argentina and maybe Chile - Chile have a good team, they could be the surprise."