Rooney in England manager’s role for Soccer Aid match
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.”