Shearer is adamant that he has to play alongside or behind Daniel Sturridge in order to get the best out of him and to benefit the team.
He wrote in his column for BBC Sport: "If Wayne Rooney does not play in the number 10 position behind Daniel Sturridge in England's next World Cup game against Uruguay on Thursday, then I would not play him at all.
"I definitely would not pick Rooney on the left or the right of midfield, which is where he played in England's defeat by Italy in their opening game in Group D on Saturday.
"Yes, he made Sturridge's goal and he did his best for the team, but being wide is not his best position. England have got other players who are more effective there."
England face Uruguay in their second Group D clash on Thursday.