Former Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney has officially ended his playing career to become Derby manager.
Rooney spent 13years at the Theatre of Dreams after joining from Everton.
The 35-year-old went ahead to win 16 trophies at Old Trafford, scoring 253 goals in 559 appearances for United.
Rooney has now been confirmed as Derby County manager on a permanent basis, he has been acting since November as an interim coach following the departure of former manager Phillip Cocu.
Rooney told the club’s official website: “When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. The stadium, training ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.
“Despite other offers I knew instinctively Derby County was the place for me.
TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FOLLOW THE LIKES OF BRIAN CLOUGH, JIM SMITH, FRANK LAMPARD AND PHILLIP COCU IS SUCH AN HONOUR AND I CAN PROMISE EVERYONE IN INVOLVED IN THE CLUB AND ALL OUR FANS, MY STAFF AND I WILL LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED IN ACHIEVING THE POTENTIAL I HAVE WITNESSED OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS OF THIS HISTORIC FOOTBALL CLUB.
Wayne Rooney signed a two-and-a-half year deal as he begins his full time managerial career.