Rooney, currently on the sidelines having sustained knee ligament damage in February, watched on from the ITV studio as Blind captained the Netherlands to a 2-1 friendly win over England on Tuesday.
Speaking as a pundit prior to the match, Rooney praised Blind’s intelligence and “excellent” use of the ball.
“He’s a very good reader of the game,” Rooney said.
“He will be the first to tell you he’s not the quickest, but his reading of the game makes up for that. He’s excellent with the ball.”
Blind was brought to Man United in 2014 as a midfielder but Louis van Gaal has used him primarily as a central defender over the course of the campaign.
His positioning is sometimes suspect, but Blind has adapted well to the role and he has proven to be a reliable and consistent performer for United. While Blind isn’t going to change a game with a match-winning moment, every team needs a player who is willing to put a shift in and the Dutchman deserves credit for the way he has gone about his job at Old Trafford.