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Wayne Rooney retires


England and Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney retires from playing.

Wayne Rooney has retired from playing, aged 35, in order to focus on his new role as permanent Derby County manager.

Rooney has enjoyed a record-breaking career, fulfilling the potential shown as a young boy.

He was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2010 and the PFA Young Player of the Year twice in 2005 and 2006.


Wayne Rooney with the PFA Players' Player of the Year trophy in 2010.


Rooney was voted PFA Young Player of the Year on two occasions.

Rooney made his professional debut for his boyhood club Everton in 2002 and became the Premier League's then youngest scorer aged 16.


In 2004 he moved to Manchester United for £27m, then a world record fee for a teenager.

During his 13 years at Old Trafford Rooney won the Premier League five times, the Champions League, the FA Cup and three League Cups.


He scored 53 goals in 120 appearances for his country, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record, and retired from international football in 2017.

He departed Old Trafford in 2017 as United’s record goalscorer, scoring 253 goals in 559 appearances.

Following a brief spell at Everton and MLS side DC United, Rooney join Derby in 2020 as player-coach.


Rooney will now take up the role of Manager at Derby County. 

Gordon Taylor OBE said,‘We wish Wayne all the best in his managerial career. I am very pleased that Neil Bailey of the PFA helped Wayne with his coaching qualifications.

‘As a player he was a young prodigy who fulfilled his promise with a record-breaking career for clubs and country and we wish him equal success in management.’


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