Rooney stops after 763 matches as player, by as manager Derby County

Wayne Rooney immediately put a point behind his player career. The 35-year-old Englishman becomes head coach of Derby County, where he has been active as a player and assistant trainer for a year.

In November, Rooney took over all of the duties of the dismissed head coach Phillip Cocu on an interim basis and now signs a contract for 2.5 years with the club in the Championship 22nd. The attacker appears to have finished his last game against Middlesbrough on November 25.

โ€œ I knew instinctively that Derby County is the club I belong to,โ€ Rooney explained his decision. โ€œI consider it an honor to follow in the footsteps of predecessors like Brian Clough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Cocu.โ€

Five country titles

Rooney made his first Premier League goal in October 2002, Manchester United and DC United as a 16-year-old. The striker was good for 313 hits in the 763 matches he played in the club.

With Manchester United, where he is a club top scorer with 253 goals, he won five titles in the thirteen years under contract and won the Champions League in 2008.

The 120-fold English international – only goalkeeper Peter Shilton has five more caps in his name – is also record holder in the national team with 53 hits.