I  am still a player, insists Wayne Rooney as he assumes player-coach role at Derby

Wayne Rooney said he had plenty of offers as he sought a return to England but the opportunity to work as a player-coach under Derby manager Phillip Cocu was “too great to turn down”.

Former England captain Rooney says he still has a lot to offer on the pitch both as player and coach for the Rams//CRIMSON TAZVINZWA/ 

Former Manchester United and England ace Wayne Rooney  said he had plenty of offers from other clubs as he plans a return to England as player-coach for Derby an opportunity ‘too great to turn down’.

The Rams last week completed the move for the former England captain, who joins Derby in January 2020 on an initial 18-month contract allowing the striker to continue his playing career but also build credentials as fully fledged manager.

Rooney admitted his family was a major factor in cutting short his stint in America; but says will see out the MLS Galaxy with DC United before joining Derby to work under coach Phillip Cocu.

“The opportunity to come back to England and play, but also to take up some coaching role with the club and work under Phillip was too great for me to turn down.”

Wayne Rooney has made no secret of his ambition to move into management once his playing days are over but insists he still has loads to offer on the pitch.

Wayne Rooney vowed he has plenty to give as a player before becoming a full-time coach after the former England captain clinched a move to Derby County.

The record goalscorer for the Three Lions and Manchester United will see out the rest of the MLS season with DC Unitedbefore teaming up with the Rams in January.

He has accepted a player-coach role with Derby, who began their Championship campaign with a win at Huddersfield Town on Monday.

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