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Rooney considering shock England return after player-coach talks with Derby County

18:46 BST 05/08/2019
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The former Manchester United star could return to England for the Championship side after a year in MLS with D.C. United

Wayne Rooney is seriously considering the possibility of returning to England as a player-coach at Derby County, sources have confirmed to Goal.

The former Everton and Manchester United striker has spent the past year in Major League Soccer with D.C. United.

Rooney has found considerable success with the capital club since his debut in the summer of 2018, scoring 23 goals and adding 14 assists in 43 games across two seasons.

The former England international has enjoyed his time with D.C., helping them to the MLS postseason in 2018 and currently a fourth place spot in the Eastern Conference this season.

But the lure of returning to England remains strong for Rooney, and the potential appeal of a chance to get into management has caused the striker and his agent, Paul Stretford, to give the possibility serious consideration.

Derby presents a good location for him as it would be possible for the striker to commute from his home in Cheshire.

Rooney believes he can still play at a Premier League level, and has no doubts he can be an asset to a club a tier below in the Championship.

In addition, Rooney has been inspired by many of his former rivals and England team-mates as they have made the jump into management following the end of their playing days.

Chief among them is former Chelsea star and current Blues manager Frank Lampard, who parleyed a successful single season as the Rams boss into his position at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard guided Derby to the Championship play-off final, before replacing Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea this summer.

He is not alone in his success in a managerial debut, as ex-Liverpool star Steven Gerrard enjoyed a solid campaign in his first year in charge of Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

Lampard’s former Chelsea and England team-mate John Terry also saw success in the coaching ranks, albeit as an assistant, with the Aston Villa side that defeated Derby in the final and secured their return to the Premier League.

The move would see Rooney step into a coaching role more similar to Terry’s, as he would feature under Lampard’s replacement at Derby, Phillip Cocu.

Rooney still has a year remaining on his contract with D.C. United, meaning any move would require the sign-off of the MLS side.