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# Ambition
Wayne Rooney dreaming of becoming a manager
The striker is keen not to walk away from football when he finally hangs up his boots.

MAN UNITED CAPTAIN Wayne Rooney is already working towards a career in management when he retires from playing.

The 30-year-old made his Premier League debut for Everton back in 2002 and has made close to 600 appearances in his club career.

But the England skipper has his sights set on prolonging his spell in the game long after he hangs up his boots, telling fans that a coaching career is already on the cards.

“I would like to be manager when I finish playing,” Rooney said as part of a Facebook Q&A session with team-mate Ashley Young.

Football is what I’ve done my whole life. I’m currently in the process of taking my coaching badges so hopefully when I finish playing I’ll have that complete.”

During the talk, Rooney also revealed his most memorable goal.

Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not the derby winner from the 2010-2011 campaign. The goal, that saw the England forward acrobatically bicycle kick Nani’s cross into the top corner past a helpless Joe Hart, sealed a 2-1 win and would help propel United to the title that season.

But it’s not the strike that Rooney feels is his most memorable, with the volleyed effort from distance against Newcastle United in 2005 also not at the top of the list.

It’s actually the former Everton striker’s penalty against Blackburn Rovers, that delivered the championship for the Red Devils in 2011, with Rooney admitting that the pressure of the strike made it particularly sweet to find the net.

The United star said: “The overhead kick (against City) is the best one. It was 1-1, 10-15 minutes to go so it was the winning goal in the derby so that was a great feeling and it won us the game. Then we went on to win the league.

“But I think the most memorable one was Blackburn away, the penalty late on. If I scored we won the league. So it was pressure taking it, there was a big delay before I took it so I had to try and keep myself calm and thankfully I scored and we won the league. That was a moment. There was huge pressure but I got through it and it was a really memorable one.”

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