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Wayne Rooney Has Officially Retired From Football

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Wayne Rooney Has Officially Retired From Football

Wayne Rooney has retired from football, ending a decorated playing career in the game.

Having joined as a player-coach, the 35-year-old had recently taken interim charge of Derby County following Phillip Cocu's dismissal.

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And after an impressive run during his first nine games in charge, Rooney has been given the job on a permanent basis - penning a two-and-a-half year contract in his first managerial role.

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Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker will remain part of his coaching staff but the news means Rooney will not step onto the pitch in a competitive game again.

He retires as Manchester United and England's all-time record goalscorer and will go down as one of the best players of his generation.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Having burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old for boyhood club Everton, Rooney scored 313 goals at club level and hit 53 in 120 caps for England to break Sir Bobby Charlton's record.

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He won a total of 16 major honours at United, including five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup, one Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup during a glittering stint.

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The only player to score over 200 goals and provided 100+ assists in the Premier League, Rooney also had two stints at Goodison Park with Everton, as well as a venture across the pond with MLS outfit D.C United.

Reflecting on his first foray into management, Rooney told the official Derby County website: "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."

Remember the name, Wayne Rooney.

Topics: Football News, Derby County, Football, Manchester United, England, Wayne Rooney

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