Rooney being lined up for shock move as English side open talks

Date published: Monday 5th August 2019 7:03 - Samuel Bannister

Wayne Rooney could make a sensational return to England as a player-coach for Championship side Derby County, according to a report.

Rooney left English football in in 2018 to join MLS side DC United, following a one-season spell back at boyhood club Everton.

According to The Telegraph, Derby are lining up a shock move for former England captain Rooney, as owner Mel Morris looks to bring in another experienced figure after hiring Frank Lampard as manager last season.

Lampard has since moved on to former club Chelsea, with Phillip Cocu taking the reins at Pride Park. Per the report, Derby have already opened talks with Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford, and those discussions are set to continue, as the Rams look to bring the 33-year-old in to work alongside former PSV boss Cocu.

Rooney still has a contract at DC United until December 2021, but has already revealed his desire to go into coaching at some point – admitting in June that he had already received some offers.


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