Former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has called time on his illustrious playing career at the age of 35 after being appointed as the permanent manager of Derby County.

Signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Championship side, Rooney acted as Derby's caretaker since the departure of Phillip Cocu in November 2020. The 35-year-old will be assisted by Liam Rosenior, while former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given will become the club’s first-team coach.

“When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby,” said Rooney. “The stadium, training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and, of course, the fanbase 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 in 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. Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.”

Rooney's former club, Manchester United were one of the first teams to send their all-time top scorer best wishes for his new journey, and others soon follow suit:

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