Monday 26 August 2019

Rooney considers return to England as Derby offer him role as player-coach

Wayne Rooney has been playing for DC United in the MLS. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA
Wayne Rooney has been playing for DC United in the MLS. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

James Ducker

Wayne Rooney is in talks about the prospect of an extraordinary return to English football with Derby County.

The former Manchester United and England captain, who has been playing for DC United in Major League Soccer over the past year, is understood to be discussing the prospect of a player-coach role with the Championship club.

Derby appointed Phillip Cocu, the former Barcelona player, as manager last month on a four-year contract following Frank Lampard's departure for Chelsea.

And Mel Morris, the Derby owner, is now thought to be considering bringing another high-profile former England player in Rooney to the club to work and play under Cocu.

Preliminary talks have taken place between Derby and Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, with further discussions planned.

Rooney, 33, is contracted to DC United until next year and it is unclear what that would mean for the MLS franchise if he did end up returning to English football with Derby.

It has been reported that Rooney's wife, Coleen, has told friends she would like to return home to the North West from America.

Cocu made a winning start to his Rams reign last night as a Tom Lawrence double secured all three points in a 2-1 win at Huddersfield. It was Rooney's name, though, that was dominating the talk in the stands.

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