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Sunday 21 January 2018

Wayne Rooney still aiming to move into management at end of career

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney could be on his way to China
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney could be on his way to China

Wayne Rooney still intends to move straight into management at the end of his playing career.

The 31-year-old has no intentions of slowing down after breaking both the England and Manchester United all-time scoring records, but already harbours strong off-field ambitions.

England captain Rooney believes the financial comfort of the modern-day top footballer means only the fully committed will chase managerial openings.

"My whole life has been around football, and the minute I finish playing I would like to try and stay in the game and hopefully get the opportunity to manage," Rooney told the BBC.

"I think when you get a bit older you start to think a bit more about the game and it's something I'd love to do.

"Players who are playing in this generation do have enough money to not have to go into management, so the ones who want to do it will be successful."

Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's record United tally of 249 goals with his stunning free-kick that grabbed the Red Devils a late 1-1 Premier League draw at Stoke on Saturday.

But after 15 years of top-flight football and 250 goals for United Rooney admitted finding the back of the net still provides an unrivalled rush.

Rooney revealed that celebrating a goal is perhaps the sole moment in a match when a player can burst their concentration bubble to appreciate the full impact of the crowd.

"It's an amazing feeling when you score a goal," said Rooney.

"The initial feeling, it's like you're playing football under water and when you score the goal you come up for air. Andnd you can hear the crowd, the atmosphere for that four, five seconds; it's a mad feeling."

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