Wayne Rooney officially joined Derby County on 1st January 2020 in what was a major signing for the club and just over a year later, on 15th January 2021, he was named as the club's manager.
It proved to be long wait for England and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer to be in a position to make his Rams bow, with the news of his impending arrival from Major League Soccer side DC United coming back in August 2019.
As well as penning a playing contract with Derby, Rooney also linked up with the Rams as a coach under then-manager Phillip Cocu in order to continue to develop his coaching credentials in preparation for a potential managerial career.
When Rooney was able to pull on a Derby shirt, he quickly proved his worth and he was a near ever-present in the second half of the 2019/20 season as he made 24 appearances and scored six times.
Wearing the captain’s armband, he took up a holding midfield position in the side and his high-quality ability on the ball and leadership quickly saw him become a key player.
His delivery from dead balls proved to be vital for Derby and he weighed in with two goals from direct free-kicks, in victories over Stoke City and Preston North End, as well as registering three assists.
He made a handful of appearances in the 2020/21 season, including scoring a fine free-kick in a 1-0 win at Norwich City, before hanging up his boots upon being appointed as Derby's manager following an impressive spell in temporary charge between November 2020 and early January 2021.
With Derby sitting at the foot of the table, Rooney quickly got to grips with moving the side up the table and performances and results quickly improved.
Rooney, who scored 53 times in 120 appearances for England, won an incredible 16 honours in club football as a player.
With over 700 appearances and 300 goals to his name in club football, including a record 253 for Manchester United, Rooney was, and still is, undisputedly one of the biggest and most recognisable names in world football.
As well as displaying his undoubted footballing quality on the pitch, Rooney has also demonstrated his leadership skills by wearing the captain’s armband for both club and country in his career.
Rooney’s distinguished career began at Everton in 2002 at the age of 16 and he burst onto the first-team scene as one of the most exciting prospects in English football.
Despite his young age, he made 77 appearances for the Toffees and his eye-catching potential saw him join Manchester United in 2004, then managed by Sir Alex Ferguson.
He went on enjoy 13 trophy-laden seasons at Old Trafford and performed at the highest level as the Reds competed for major honours.
In total he scored 253 goals for United, in 559 appearances, which made him their all-time record goalscorer and also regularly wore the captain’s armband.
He lifted the Premier League trophy five times during his time at Old Trafford, as well as the FA Cup once and the EFL Cup on three occasions.
He was also a Champions League winner in 2007/08, as well as winning the Europa League during 2016/17 in his final season at Old Trafford.
Other honours include the Community Shield four times and the FIFA Club World Cup once.
Rooney returned to Everton in the summer in 2017 and spent a year back at Goodison Park, scoring 11 times in 40 matches, before moving to DC United in the summer of 2018 to begin a new chapter in Major League Soccer.
His time in Washington saw him make a key impact on the pitch, appearing 52 times and scoring 25 goals.
He grabbed his first goal against the Colorado Rapids in July 2018, by which time his presence had galvanised the side. A string of impressive performances followed.
The conclusion of the 2018 MLS campaign saw Rooney named as DC United's Most Valuable Player and golden boot winner having notched an impressive 12 goals in 21 matches. In May of 2019 he scored his 300th career goal and, around that time, he netted from inside his own half against Orlando City.
In July 2019 he was selected to play in the MLS All-Star Game against Atletico Madrid and he helped DC United reach the 2019 Play-Offs.
On the international stage, Rooney made his debut for England in 2003 whilst with Everton.
He went on to represent the Three Lions at six major tournaments and also took on the responsibility of team captain, wearing the armband for the first time in 2012.
His 120 caps mean he is the most capped outfield player to play for England, while he became England’s all-time record goalscorer in September 2015 – with his last international appearance coming in 2018.