Wayne Rooney claims he still has what it takes to cut it in the Premier League as he prepares to take up a role as player-coach with Derby County.
The former England captain had two spells with hometown club Everton either side of a decade spent at Manchester United where he went on to break Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record finishing with 253 in all competitions for the Red Devils.
Rooney scored 183 goals in the Premier League for Manchester United, the most scored by a player for a single club and his tally of 208 top-flight goals puts him second behind Alan Shearer on the all-time Premier League scoring charts.
After a spell in the United States with DC United, Rooney is back on English soil as he looks to help guide Derby County’s return to English football’s top division. If they were to achieve promotion, Rooney admitted to looking at Ryan Giggs and Gareth Barry as inspiration.
“I still felt I could do it when I was at Everton, but other people made their decisions on that,” he said as reported by Sky Sports.
“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.”