Wayne Rooney urged to pick himself and come out of retirement for Derby County

Wayne Rooney has been urged to pick himself and come out of retirement to salvage Derby County.

England’s all-time top scorer is four games into his first full season as the Rams manager, having taken over last November and successfully avoided relegation.

But the start to the 2021/22 season has been mixed, with five points from four games and a place in the second round of the EFL Cup.

But Micah Richards believes that Rooney, who scored a record 253 goals for Manchester United, should pull on his boots again.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, the former Manchester City defender said: “How does he get his team moving forward?

“If I was in his shoes, I know what I’d do. I’d pick myself.

“Wayne might be out of condition but are you telling me he wouldn’t be the best player in Derby’s team?

“Imagine the lift he would give to those around him if he pulled his boots on again.”

Rooney arrived at Derby in January 2020, having enjoyed scoring spells at Everton and DC United, to score 7 goals for the Championship side before taking over from Phillip Cocu.

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He is at the helm of struggling club, though, as a transfer embargo was placed on them and the squad limited to 23 players.

But Richards believes it is his passion for the sport motivating the former forward adding: “He is obsessed with football, it is his life.

“He’s got something burning inside him that says he has to win or be the best at whatever he does. He can’t live without the feelings football gives him.

“I remember being with him on England duty. He wouldn’t finish shooting practice until he scored the most goals.

“He’d have free-kick competitions and would not come in until his was the best.

“He’d tackle you in games as if it was a World Cup final, everything was done at 100 per-cent. He won’t let this challenge beat him.

“He’s right when he says more experienced managers wouldn’t give Derby a second look but he’s doing it because that’s how football lifts him.”

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