Rooney in Eng­land man­ager’s role for Soc­cer Aid match

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By John Percy

Wayne Rooney will have his first taste of man­age­ment next month when he takes charge of Eng­land for Soc­cer Aid.

Eng­land and Manch­ester United’s all-time record goalscorer is re­turn­ing to Old Traf­ford as man­ager for the an­nual char­ity foot­ball match, with for­mer Eng­land man­ager Sam Al­lardyce as his as­sis­tant.

The 34-year-old has made no se­cret of his in­ten­tion to move into man­age­ment when he re­tires and is study­ing for his Pro Li­cence with the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

Derby County, the club he joined as player-coach in Jan­uary, have given Rooney their full sup­port and it is un­der­stood the game against a Soc­cer Aid World XI will be on a Sun­day in early Septem­ber.

Rooney will not play in the game, which has been rearranged af­ter the ini­tial June date was can­celled due to the coro­n­avirus cri­sis.

Rooney said: “Tak­ing part in Soc­cer Aid for Unicef is some­thing I have wanted to do for many years. Pre­vi­ously, I have never been able to make the dates work, but this year was ob­vi­ously dif­fer­ent.”

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