LONDON – Former England captain Wayne Rooney said Derby County’s ambition to get back to the top-flight of English football was the reason he is heading home from the United States next January.
The 33-year-old striker, the record goal-scorer for both England and Manchester United, will join the Championship side from January, once the season with MLS side DC United is completed.
Rooney signed an 18-month contract as player-coach on Tuesday, with an option for a further year, and will also join the coaching staff under manager Phillip Cocu.
“Derby is a club with great ambitions, and they are trying to take the next step,” Rooney told a press conference on Tuesday.
“I felt it was a place I could come and use my experience to help them achieve their goals.