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Wayne Rooney decided to hang up his cleats and focus on a managerial career in Derby County

Wayne Rooney
Rooney in Derby County kit

The famous English football player Wayne Rooney has decided to end his career. This was reported today on the official website of Derby County. He will be the head coach of the team now.

Rooney, who is 35, has been working for Derby County as a playing coach since last November. Derby are currently in the Championship relegation zone but are level on 19 points with Sheffield Wednesday, in 21st place.

“We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Wayne Rooney as our new manager. Our recent upturn in results under Wayne was married together with some positive performances,”

said Derby County chief executive officer Stephen Pearce.

Be sure to watch the full interview:

“When I first came back to England, I was impressed with Derby’s potential. The Stadium, Training Ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive. Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me,”

Rooney said. 

He added that he would do everything he could to realize the club’s potential. 

Rooney signed a contract for 2.5 years – until the summer of 2023.

Ex-teammate Marcus Rashford pays tribute to retired legend:

Gary Lineker comments on the news:

“One of our all-time great footballers has retired. It’s never an easy moment for any player but Wayne Rooney has enjoyed a truly wonderful career on the field. Here’s hoping he’s successful off the pitch with Derby County. Well played and good luck.”

  • Wayne Rooney is England’s top scorer, with 53 goals in 120 games for the national team.
  • No. 10 has played for Everton, Manchester United, Derby County and DC United. Throughout his career, the striker played 541 games and netted 231 goals.
  • Rooney will take charge of his first game as permanent manager on Saturday at home to Championship rivals Rotherham United.