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Manchester United and England football superstar, Wayne Rooney ended his illustrious playing career on Friday to take up the job of managing Championship side, Derby on a full-time basis.

Derby confirmed the 35-year-old former forward had agreed a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job.

Rooney was in charge for nine matches as interim boss at Derby, winning three and drawing four.

Rooney soon started paying that fee back, scoring a hat-trick on his debut in the Champions League against Fenerbahce.

The forward scored 253 goals for United, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League medal, all under Ferguson.

He played 120 matches and scored 53 goals for the national side, appearing for the final time against the United States in 2018.

He rejoined Everton from United in 2017 but was at Goodison Park for just a year before moving to MLS side DC United.

Rooney joined Derby in January 2020 as a player-coach and took caretaker charge when Cocu was sacked.

He will have a tough job on his hands despite his pedigree.

Derby are currently in the Championship relegation zone but are level on 19 points with Sheffield Wednesday, in 21st place.

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