Wayne Rooney has revealed he is keen to follow Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into management once he ends his playing career.
Manchester United and England’s all-time leading score is preparing to get his UEFA B licence and will continue working towards getting his coaching badges while playing in the MLS for DC United.
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Despite his contract with the Washington club not expiring until 2022, Rooney is keen to prepare for life after retirement from football – 16 years after making his professional debut.
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“Football is what I know. It is what I have done my whole life,” Rooney told the Mail on Sunday.
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“I just think it a shame when you see players who have had careers like mine, when they have been footballers from a young age, you see them finish and they just walk away from the game.
“Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have moved into management and I think it is brilliant for those two. It is the right time for young English managers to step forward. I am sure in two or three years there will be clubs in the Premier League coming to try to snatch them away,” he added.
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When asked about whether he would be an authoritarian, he continued: “A good way to start out as a manager is to, first of all, be honest with your players but also know your players and know how to manage them.
“I think man-management is more important sometimes than the training you do.”
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