The Manchester United star needs to win a trophy with England to finally be seen as one of football's very best players, according to the former Spurs man.
With Wayne Rooney set to win his 100th cap for England against Slovenia on Friday, the absence of international awards and titles are one thing that will continue to grate on the Manchester United forward as he edges towards his 30s.
The player himself told press in the last few days that he could: "sit here saying I've got 200 caps and 100 goals for my country, but the ultimate is to win a trophy and that's what we all want to do."
It is a view shared by US national team coach and former Germany star striker Jurgen Klinsmann, who was full of praise for the United forward, but keen to point out that he needs a European Championship or World Cup title to his name to do his career justice.
“For a player like him [Rooney], as for the other big ones over the last 10/12 years – Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Johny Terry – these outstanding players, you just hope for them that they come away with a big trophy,” said the German.
“He has a Champions League trophy on the club level, but on the national team level, that means win a European Championship, win a World Cup and that’s what you really wish for them that they can get that achievement.
“Even if you’ve played more than 100 caps for your country, if you don’t have that kind of trophy, sooner or later, in your hand then something is missing.
“I wish Wayne to get that trophy.”
Klinsmann himself was part of the West Germany side that won the World Cup in Italy in 1990, and though he didn't manage to win the Champions League during his club career, he is particularly fondly thought of in England, after two separate spells at Spurs that saw him net 39 goals in 68 games, winning the Football Writer's Player of the Year award in 1995.