Nemanja Vidic is hoping Serbia get the chance to face England at this summer's World Cup.
The Three Lions are favourites to come through Group C after being pitted against Algeria, Slovenia and USA.
If England do make it to the last 16 they will meet one of the teams from Group D, where Serbia do battle with Germany, Ghana and Australia.
Vidic is confident Serbia can make an impact in South Africa after an impressive qualifying campaign and has warned potential opponents that they are not to be underestimated.
The centre-back regards Manchester United team-mate Rooney as the best player in his position on the planet but would love to line up against him.
"Wayne is definitely the best striker in the world," Vidic said in the Daily Mirror.
"And sharing the same dressing room, it would be fun to play against him.
"One of us would have to lose and he's a great player, who would be hard to keep quiet.
"But that's the challenge. That's why you play football.
"I mentioned to him that if we got through we have a chance to meet England. He said 'Serbia? Who plays for them?'
"He was joking. Wayne knows we're doing well and not an easy team."
Serbia midfielder Bosko Jankovic, meanwhile, could be doubtful for the tournament after suffering a knee injury whilst in action for Genoa.
Reports in Belgrade suggest the 26-year-old, who has only recently returned from a long spell out, will not be fit in time to make the squad.