Wayne Rooney is confident Derby County’s players have what it takes to continue to climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

Derby rounded off 2020 with an emphatic 4-0 victory at Birmingham City on Tuesday evening to climb out of the division’s bottom three after a disappointing start to the season.

Rooney is current leading the coaching team while the club waits to appoint a new permanent manager and the 35-year-old has overseen three wins and four draws from eight matches.

Derby return to action on Friday night when they travel north up the M1 to take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough to kick off 2021 (5:30pm kick-off) – and Rooney is confident the side can pick up a positive result at Hillsborough.

Speaking to RamsTV, Rooney said: “We have just come out of the bottom three, but I have full confidence and belief in this team that we will keep climbing the table.

“Obviously with the January Transfer Window coming up it is important that we do our business right to iron out some small cracks that we need to take that next step forward.

“All the games coming up are important for us right now if we want to keep climbing up the table and put ourselves in a better position to finish in the highest place we can.”

He added: “Friday will be a tough game at Sheffield Wednesday. As we stand here now, they are without a manager and there is always a reaction when you lose a manager.

“We will prepare for that; we’ll be ready and I am confident we can get a positive result.”

Derby sit 20th in the league table ahead of Friday’s game against the Owls, who occupy 22nd place in the standings and are also waiting to appoint a new manager after parting company with Tony Pulis earlier this week.