Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English football manager and former player who currently manages Championship club Derby County for which he previously served as interim player-manager.He spent much of his playing career as a forward while also being used in various midfield roles. Widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation, Rooney is the record goalscorer for both the England national team and Manchester United.
Rooney in a football kit
Rooney with D.C. United in August 2018
Wayne Mark Rooney
Date of birth
24 October 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth
Croxteth, Liverpool, England
1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Derby County (manager)
Derby County (interim player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Rooney joined the Everton youth team at the age of nine and made his professional debut for the club in 2002 at the age of 16. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window where he won 16 trophies and became the only English player, alongside teammate Michael Carrick, to win the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, and FIFA Club World Cup.He scored 253 goals for United in all competitions to make him their top goalscorer of all time, with 183 Premier League goals being the most scored by a player for any single club. Rooney's 208 Premier League goals make him the Premier League's second-top scorer of all time. He also has the third-highest number of assists in the Premier League, with 103.
Rooney made his senior international debut for England in February 2003, aged 17, and is England's youngest ever goalscorer.He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship. Rooney later featured at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and was widely regarded as his country's best player.He has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. With 53 goals in 120 international caps, Rooney is England's second-most-capped player (behind Peter Shilton) and all-time record goalscorer.
Rooney won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards for the 2009–10 season, and he has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times throughout his career. He came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, and he was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2011. He won the Goal of the Season award by the BBC's Match of the Day poll on three occasions, and his February 2011 bicycle kick against city rivals Manchester City won the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Best Goal award.
Early life and education
Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool, to Jeanette Marie (née Morrey) and Thomas Wayne Rooney.He is of Irish descent through his paternal grandparents and was brought up as a Roman Catholic with younger brothers Graham and John all three attended Our Lady and St Swithin's primary school and De La Salle School.He grew up supporting Everton.He admired Brazilian striker Ronaldo with Rooney stating "as an out-and-out forward he was probably the best.
On 15 January 2021, Rooney was appointed as Derby's permanent manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Upon this announcement, he also announced his retirement as a player.
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