Wayne Rooney

Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional football manager and former player. He is the manager of EFL Championship club Derby County,[4] for whom he previously served as interim player-manager.[5] He spent much of his playing career as a forward while also being used in various midfield roles. Widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation, Rooney is the record goalscorer for both the England national team and Manchester United.[6]

Wayne Rooney
Rooney with D.C. United in August 2018
Personal information
Full name Wayne Mark Rooney[1]
Date of birth (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Croxteth, Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)[2]
Position(s) Forward, midfielder[3]
Club information
Current team
Derby County (manager)
Youth career
Liverpool Schoolboys
Copplehouse Boys
1996–2002 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Everton 67 (15)
2004–2017 Manchester United 393 (183)
2017–2018 Everton 31 (10)
2018–2020 D.C. United 48 (23)
2020–2021 Derby County 30 (6)
Total 569 (237)
National team
2000–2001 England U15 4 (2)
2001–2002 England U17 12 (7)
2002–2003 England U19 1 (0)
2003–2018 England 120 (53)
Teams managed
2020– Derby County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rooney joined the Everton youth team at the age of nine and made his professional debut for the club in 2002 at the age of 16. He spent two seasons at the Merseyside club, before moving to Manchester United for £25.6 million in the 2004 summer transfer window where he won 16 trophies and became the only English player, alongside teammate Michael Carrick, to win the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League, and FIFA Club World Cup.[7][8][9] He scored 253 goals for United in all competitions to make him their top goalscorer of all time, with 183 Premier League goals being the second most scored by a player for any single club, behind Sergio Agüero (184 goals for Manchester City). Rooney's 208 Premier League goals make him the Premier League's second-top scorer of all time. He also has the third-highest number of assists in the Premier League, with 103.[10]

Rooney made his senior international debut for England in February 2003, aged 17, and is England's youngest ever goalscorer.[11] He played at UEFA Euro 2004 and scored four goals, briefly becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the European Championship. Rooney later featured at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and was widely regarded as his country's best player.[12][13] He has won the England Player of the Year award four times, in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. With 53 goals in 120 international caps, Rooney is England's second-most-capped player (behind Peter Shilton) and all-time record goalscorer.

Rooney won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards for the 2009–10 season, and he has won the Premier League Player of the Month award five times throughout his career. He came fifth in the vote for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or, and he was named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2011. He won the Goal of the Season award by the BBC's Match of the Day poll on three occasions, and his February 2011 bicycle kick against city rivals Manchester City won the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Best Goal award.[14]