Wayne Rooney has landed in England as he prepares to finalise a sensational move to Derby.
The former England captain arrived at Heathrow on Tuesday morning and has made his way up to the Midlands to complete a deal to become a player-coach at the Championship club.
Rooney has two years left on his contract at DC United after spending just over a year in Major League Soccer.
The 33-year-old has spoken publicly of his desire to pursue a career in management when he retires as a player, and Sky Sports understands he sees Derby as an ideal opportunity to learn the ropes while also prolonging his playing career.
Rooney was a big admirer of Louis van Gaal’s coaching methods when he was at Manchester United, and he has been convinced that Derby’s current boss, Philip Cocu, has a similar approach to his countryman.
He sees this role as an ideal opportunity to gain some coaching experience, while also returning home to England to be nearer his wider family.