Wayne Rooney scores penalty in 500th English league game to help Derby draw against Fulham

Rooney signed an initial 18-month deal at the second-tier side where he will also work as a coach as he chases his dream of being a manager

Reuters February 22, 2020 10:47:32 IST
Wayne Rooney scores penalty in 500th English league game to help Derby draw against Fulham
  • The 34-year-old ex-England and Manchester United captain made his debut for the Midlands club earlier this month after returning from a playing stint in the United States

  • Rooney signed an initial 18-month deal at the second-tier side where he will also work as a coach as he chases his dream of being a manager

  • The draw left Fulham in third place, two points outside the automatic promotion places, while Derby are stuck in mid-table

Wayne Rooney marked his 500th game in English league football with a coolly-taken Panenka-style penalty for Derby County in their 1-1 draw against Fulham in the Championship on Friday.

Wayne Rooney scores penalty in 500th English league game to help Derby draw against Fulham

File image of Wayne Rooney. AP

The 34-year-old ex-England and Manchester United captain, who made his debut for the Midlands club earlier this month after returning from a playing stint in the United States, cleverly chipped in a 55th-minute penalty for the lead.

“I’m always nervous before penalties. I’ve never done that (a Panenka-style penalty) in my career,” he told Sky Sports. “I know goalkeepers study penalties so I tried something different and thankfully it went in.”

Rooney signed an initial 18-month deal at the second-tier side where he will also work as a coach as he chases his dream of being a manager.

“There are still more games to come,” he said. “I feel fine, I’m still enjoying the game. It’s 500 appearances but I’ll celebrate when I stop playing.”

The draw left Fulham in third place, two points outside the automatic promotion places, while Derby are stuck in mid-table.

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