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Wayne Rooney’s stunning free-kick assist to Jack Marriott introduces him back in English football

Tanish Chachra

Wayne Rooney's stunning free-kick assist to Jack Marriott introduces him back in English football

Wayne Rooney’s stunning free-kick assist to Jack Marriott introduces him back in the English football in a sensational fashion.

Wayne Rooney has returned to the English football scene, although not at the top-flight but is plying his trade in the Championship for the Derby and the former English captain has marked his return with a sensational start.

Rooney, 34, made his Derby debut on Thursday night and was handed the captain’s armband by Phillip Cocu and he marked his Championship bow with a brilliant assist.

in the 45th minute of the game against Barnsley, Rooney set up a wonderful assist through a curling free-kick which allowed Jack Marriot to score the first goal of the game.

With Rooney’s free-kick, the social media went frenzy and kept talking about Rooney’s return to England after spending 18 months in the Major League Soccer with DC United.

Watch the goal

Rooney signed an 18-month contract with Derby as player-coach in the summer but was not available to play until the New Year due to his contract with DC United.

The former English International was instantly made as the captain of the team after his return. Derby was last year close to getting a qualification in the Premier League.

But in the end, lost to Aston Villa in the play-offs. Their manager Frank Lampard also left them and took the charge of Chelsea. Thus, the Championship team needed an overhaul to get another shot in the Premier League.

However, Derby is having a poor season this term and sits at the 17th position of the Championship table with 33 points on the table after 26 games, which makes their chances really slim to even qualify for the play-offs in this edition.

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It remains to be seen how Rooney will impact Derby with his skill set, as all he has certainly attracted a lot number of fans to the Championship football.

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra


Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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