Former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has been appointed as the manager of Derby County on a two-and-a-half-year deal which brings an official end to his playing career.

Wayne Rooney says being appointed Derby County manager is a “real honour”.

Rooney has filling the role as interim manager for the past nine league matches for Derby County.

“When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. Rooney said in the statement.

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 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.”

Wayne Rooney joined United In 2004 for £27 million and was associated with the club for 13 years, and during that time he won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, the League Cup four times, the Europa League, Champions League, and FIFA World Club Cup.

Rooney represented England in three world cups scoring 53 in 120 appearances, he retired from international football in 2018 as the country’s record goalscorer.

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