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From Everton wondergoal against Arsenal to records for Manchester United and England – Wayne Rooney's remarkable career in pictures

Former striker calls time on playing career to become full-time Derby County manager

Former Everton, Manchester United, DC United, and England striker Wayne Rooney called time on his playing career on Friday.

The 35-year-old made the decision to hang up his boots after being confirmed as the full-time manager of Championship side Derby County, for whom he was already a player-coach and then interim manager.

After bursting on to the scene as a precocious teenager at Everton, Rooney set about establishing one of the finest careers English football has ever seen.

During 13 years at Manchester United, Rooney won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup, and the 2008 Champions League, becoming the club's all-time record goalscorer in the process.

He then went on to have a second short stint at Everton before taking his talents to DC United in the MLS.

On the international stage, Rooney made his breakthrough at Euro 2004, where he was named in the team of the tournament. His injury during the quarter-final against Portugal proved a hammer blow to England's chances and they were eliminated in that game.

While international glory did not come as easily as club honours, Rooney still became England's all-time outfield appearance maker with 119 caps and holds the national team record of most goals at 53.

Looking back on his extraordinary achievements, the photo gallery above selects some of the biggest moments from Rooney's near 20-year career. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Published: January 16, 2021 09:59 AM

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