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Rooney to ditch MLS for England return

6th August 2019, 14:40 by Bobbie Jackson

Derby have completed the signing of Wayne Rooney from DC United on an 18-month deal from January 2020.

The 33-year-old left England to join MLS outfit DC United in the summer of 2018 after struggling for form following his return to boyhood club Everton.

Rooney has impressed in the States, netting 25 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions, and will head back to his homeland on the conclusion of the 2019 MLS season.

Derby have handed over an 18-month contract with the option to extend his stay at Pride Park by a further year.

England's record goalscorer will take up the role of player-coach as he continues to build towards a future in the dugout.

Rooney told Derby's official website: "I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with.

"I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first-team squad from the start of January. I am sure I can make a big contribution and can't wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.

"I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and Academy.

"I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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