MANCHESTER UNITED and England legend Wayne Rooney has called time on an illustrious playing career which saw him go from 16-year-old whirlwind to serial record breaker.
Rooney, 35, scored an all-time record 53 goals for England and is also United’s top scorer ever with 253.
He will be full-time manager of Derby, who he joined in a player-coach capacity a year ago from MLS side DC United and made 35 appearances for the club.
Rooney had been the Rams’ interim manager since the club sacked Dutchman Phillip Cocu in November.
The Merseyside-born striker began his playing career with boyhood club Everton, and announced himself on the big stage in spectacular fashion.
He was 16 years and 360 days old when he scored his first Premier League goal – for Everton against Arsenal in October 2002 – making him then the youngest goalscorer in the competition’s history.
We all remembered the name after that.
Sven-Goran Eriksson certainly did gave Rooney his first England cap at just 17 the following year.
And the teenager responded by lighting up Euro 2004 in his first major tournament appearance, threatening to end England’s 38-year trophy drought single-handedly
However, he was forced off in the quarter-final against Portugal and the Three Lions’ chances went with him.
His displays earned him a £27million move to Man Utd, breaking the record transfer fee for a teenager.
Rooney enjoyed great success at Old Trafford, and is the only player to have scored more than 250 goals for the Red Devils – eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton’s record in 2017.