Frank Lampard earned the majority of his 106 England caps with Wayne Rooney alongside him in the team, and our boss has spoken in glowing terms about the former Manchester United forward following his retirement from playing and subsequent appointment as Derby County manager.
Rooney had been in interim charge at Pride Park since November and the news his role had been made permanent on Friday also brought to an end his playing career. He famously burst onto the scene with a stunning winning goal against Arsenal for Everton and went on to become England and Man United’s record goalscorer.
Lampard lined up against him on numerous occasions, most notably in some hefty Chelsea v Man United fixtures in the 2000s, and also called him an England team-mate, including at four major tournaments. Rooney now follows the same path as our boss by beginning his managerial career at Derby.
‘He was an amazing player,’ reflected Lampard.
‘Maybe now he’s officially finished that level will go up in terms of recognition. It won’t do amongst the football world and people who have played with him because he was an incredible talent. Playing with him for England was an absolute pleasure for me. What a player on the world stage he was.
‘Now I just wish him well. He has spoken about wanting to go into management for a while, and he has the desire, the know-how, and the attitude. I have seen him on the training ground and how much he wants to win and to work in a professional environment. That is what drives us in this game. I wish him well and he’s at a great club to start.’