Wayne Rooney ends playing career and becomes full-time Derby manager

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Wayne Rooney Ends Playing Career And Becomes Full-Time Derby Manager Wayne Rooney Ends Playing Career And Becomes Full-Time Derby Manager
Wayne Rooney has called time on his playing career to take over as Derby's permanent manager, © PA Wire/PA Images
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By Jamie Gardner, PA Chief Sports Reporter

Wayne Rooney has brought his illustrious playing career to an end by accepting the managerial reins at Derby on a full-time basis.

The Championship club confirmed the 35-year-old former England captain had agreed a permanent deal through to the summer of 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had “elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job”.

Rooney earned 120 caps for England, scoring 53 goals, and won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, plus the Champions League in 2008.

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