Wayne Rooney set for shock return to English football

Wayne Rooney could make a return to English football, as a player-coach at Championship club Derby County, the Daily Mail reports.

The former Manchester United and England captain, who plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, is reportedly in talks with the Rams.

Preliminary talks have taken place between Derby and Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, with further discussions planned.

Rooney could become the latest former England stalwart to work for Derby, after Frank Lampard entered management at Pride Park last season, leading them to the Championship play-off final.

Lampard has since left to become Chelsea manager and was replaced by the former Holland international Phillip Cocu on a four-year contract.

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