Rooney retires from football
Published: 07:31 PM, 16 January 2021
The living legend footballer of England and Manchester United Wayne Rooney retires from playing in order to focus on managerial role, he will only be seen in the role of coach, not a player.
Rooney has now taken the job permanently on a two-and-a-half-year contract with Derby while he has been acting as interim manager at the club since the end of November.
Rooney said: "When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. 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.
"To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu is such an honour and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club."
Rooney scored 253 goals in 559 appearances for Manchester United, lifting up five Premier League titles, along with one Champions League and one Europa League at Old Trafford.
The 35-year-old is the all-time leading goalscorer for both Manchester United and England as he scored 53 goals with the national shirts for the English.