England's Wayne Rooney
Rooney has cut a frustrated figure for England at Euro 2016 having been substituted or substitute in two of the Three Lions' three games so far.
To rub salt in the wound Roy Hodgson's side have toiled to second place in a group they were expected to win comfortably setting up an infinitely more precarious path to the latter stages of the tournament.
If they are to do so many feel Rooney must be trusted in his new found midfield role.
One side Hodgson's men could end up facing is reigning European champions Spain.
'Now we know why'
"I wouldn't have rested Rooney for the final game of the group, because he is the only player that guarantees a certain tempo," Balague told Sky Sports.
"He is not consistent for 90 minutes, and maybe he hasn't got 90 minutes in him, but when the opponents are sitting so deep you need somebody like him moving the ball around and leading in that way.
"I've enjoyed seeing him play. I remember him telling me he was watching carefully DVDs of Xavi, and we know why now."
England's Wayne Rooney comes off for Adam Lallana
Balague a Rooney fan
Balague said Rooney would make his Euro 2016 five-a-side team alongside club teammate David de Gea, France and West Ham star Dimitri Payet, Paul Pogba and that man Iniesta.
Many have been surprised by Rooney's lack of game time and Hodgson's decision to utilise England's all-time leading goalscorer in midfield given their struggle for goals.
Germany and world football legend Lothar Matthaus admitted his surprise at Rooney's role in the side when he was working as a pundit for ITV.
And Alan Shearer believes England's strikers aren't happy with Hodgson's tactics either, as he wrote in his column in The Sun.