Wayne Rooney has vowed to "write some history" after taking his first permanent manager's role at Derby County and ending his record-breaking playing career.
e was the ultimate football prodigy, but now Rooney is focusing on the next chapter and following in the footsteps of former England team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
After 18 highly successful years at the top level, Rooney has ended his playing career to concentrate on management, after landing the job at the Championship strugglers. Management has been in Rooney's sights for some time, and emulating the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville by going into punditry never appealed to England and Manchester United's record goalscorer.
The 35-year-old knows his reputation could be on the line, but has revealed his determination to succeed as the latest member of England's "golden generation" in the technical area. "I think it's great to see the likes of Steven, Frank Lampard, myself, Scott Parker and John Terry and that generation going into management," he said.
"They could earn a lot of money doing TV and speaking about players or managers from a studio.
"It's great that there's a core of young English players who appeared for their country rolling their sleeves up and trying to dig in and take the opportunity they were given. I spoke to Steven on Wednesday, he's a good friend of mine and has gone down the managerial route at a young age.
"We approach the game in different ways, but there's no harm in speaking to them about their experiences. Hopefully now I can start to write some history and have a successful managerial career."
Rooney has admitted the moment to announce his retirement had been coming, and he will be remembered as arguably the greatest English player of the past decade.
After making his debut as a raw, yet robust 16-year-old at Everton, he went on to United, where he won the Premier League five times, the Champions League, the FA Cup and three League Cups. With England, he scored 53 goals in 120 games, though trophies eluded such a talented crop of players with Rooney at the forefront.
"I've been very fortunate to play for some massive teams. Playing for Everton was a boyhood dream of mine and then to go and play for 13 years at United was the highlight," he said.
Rooney, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Pride Park, takes his first game as permanent manager against Rotherham today. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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