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Rooney to join Derby County as player-coach

Rooney has scored 208 Premier League goals
Rooney has scored 208 Premier League goals Reuters/Carl Recine

Former England captain Wayne Rooney will join English Second Division side Derby County in January, the club announced on Tuesday.

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The former Everton and Manchester United striker has signed an initial 18-month contract with the option of another year.

The 33-year-old will also work as a coach with the first team and academy as he strives towards his goal of becoming a manager.

In a statement on Derby’s website, Rooney said: "I'm very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with.

"I'm looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first-team from the start of January.

“I'm sure I can make a big contribution."

Rooney will return to England after spending almost two years at MLS side DC United.

He retired from international football in 2018, after becoming his country’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals.

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