Former captain of the England football team, Wayne Rooney is all set to join Derby County – the second-tier club in the English football circuit. Notably, Rooney will join the team as a player-cum-coach.
The former Manchester United player is currently participating in USA’s Major Soccer League and playing for the DC United team. Rooney is allowed to play this season with DC United and join Derby County next year in January 2020.
“The 33-year-old will arrive from Major League Soccer outfit DC United on an initial 18-month contract until the summer of 2021, with the option of a further year,” Derby said in a statement.
“As well as penning a playing contract with Derby, Rooney will join the club as a coach and continue to develop his coaching credentials in preparation for a potential managerial career,” it further stated.
Interestingly, Derby was managed by a former national teammate of Wayne, Frank Lampard until last season. Lampard is currently in charge of Chelsea.
It is worth noting that Wayne is England’s all-time highest goal-scorer with as many as 53 goals in 120 matches. He also has another 253 goals to his name with Manchester United. Rooney is also five-time Premier League winner and has won the FA Cup and Champions League once.