English footballer, Wayne Rooney has retired from football after being appointed as permanent manager of Derby County.
The 35-year-old who signed a two-and-a-half year deal to take charge of the Rams until the summer of 2023 retired in order to concentrate solely on his new role.
Speaking on Friday shortly after confirmation of his permanent appointment, Rooney said: ‘My whole life has been playing football, so I’m fortunate that I’m still part of it. It’s a new chapter for me. Will I miss playing? Of course.
‘But, time doesn’t stop. I’ve had my time, it’s time for the younger generation to have their time and for me to guide them.
‘My future is in management. I’ve had a great career with a few ups and a few downs, but I wouldn’t change anything.
‘I’ve been very fortunate to play for some massive teams. Come through the academy at Everton and play in the first-team was a dream come true.
’13 years at Manchester United was the highlight of my career for the trophies I won, very grateful for the opportunity and I enjoyed every minute of it.
‘Going out to the States and coming to Derby County was to help the teams be successful but also to give me more experience in different leagues.
‘But now, I’d like to write some history in my managerial career.
‘It is something I have been preparing for and working for for a number of years. It is what I want to do.
‘I’ve had a taste of it over the last couple of months and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m ready to get Derby County back up the league.’
He added: ‘This football club is huge. This club will always be trying to grow and achieve big things. For me, to try and help the club get back to its glory days is a massive opportunity.’
Wayne Rooney retires as Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer and will go down as one of the best players of his generation after an illustrious 19-year career.
He scored 253 goals in 559 games at club level and hit 53 in 120 caps for England to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.
Rooney also 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.