Robbie Savage believes Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City's leading forwards should all start for England, according to his regular column in the Daily Mirror.
But he also wants Rooney to play in behind the duo:
Savage told the Daily Mirror: "To get the most out of this squad, I would play Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy up front with Rooney behind them as a No.10 at the top edge of a midfield diamond, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley or Jordan Henderson in the two central positions and Eric Dier sitting in front of the back four."
Savage - whether simply to cause controversy or whether he genuinely believes it - is a huge backer of Rooney and is advocating England starting the Manchester United forward regardless of the situation.
By his own admission, 66 per cent of those who voted on his Twitter poll said they wouldn't start the United man, while 17 said they would and 17 said they wouldn't even name him in the squad.
Clearly, Vardy and Tottenham's leading lights are well above Rooney in the England pecking order.
But Savage is adamant the skipper should play alongside Kane and co. Is he right... or mad?