File Photo: Wayne Rooney attends a press convention throughout a media day at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on November 13, 2018, forward of their worldwide pleasant soccer match towards the USA on November 15.
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Wayne Rooney believes he might nonetheless make an influence within the Premier League as the previous Manchester United star targets a return to the top-flight with Derby.
Rooney will resume his profession in England subsequent month after becoming a member of second-tier Derby as player-coach from MLS facet DC United.
The 34-year-old striker will work as an assistant to Rams boss Phillip Coco, with promotion again to the highest flight the goal as he tries to show he can nonetheless compete with the game’s elite even within the twilight of his profession.
“I still felt I could do it when I was at Everton, but other people made their decisions on that,” Rooney was quoted as saying within the British media on Sunday.
“Now my ambition is to get Derby back in the Premier League and hopefully play my part there for them.
“Ryan Giggs was able to play into his late thirties in the Premier League and Gareth Barry says he wants to do it at 40.
“It’s important to understand football. It is not all about running round, it is about using your head to play the game.
“Sometimes that gets lost, because you don’t score as many goals or whatever. Given the right team around me, then I could still play in the Premier League.
“The two teams I played for in the Premier League were Manchester United and Everton. I am at Derby now, and hopefully, we can get there with them.”
Former England captain Rooney, whose tally of 208 Premier League targets is bettered solely by Alan Shearer, went to America in June final yr after leaving first membership Everton, whom he re-joined from United following a 13-year keep at Old Trafford.
Derby are sixteenth within the Championship, 9 factors off the play-off locations after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Millwall.