‘Thank you for letting me be part of it’: Coleen Rooney pays tribute to husband Wayne with gushing post as the England star retires after an incredible 19-year career
Coleen Rooney paid a sweet tribute to her husband Wayne on Saturday as he finally retired from professional football.
The mother-of-four, 34, penned a sweet tribute to the England star as he officially bid farewell to the game to take on the permanent position as Derby County manager.
In the caption Coleen thanked teenage sweetheart Wayne for allowing her to play a part in his huge sporting success and insisted ‘he’ll be great’ as a manager.
Fond farewell! Coleen Rooney paid a sweet tribute to her husband Wayne on Saturday as he finally retired from professional football (pictured during his final England game in 2018)
Coleen shared a sweet family snap from Wayne’s final international game for England in 2018 as they posed on the pitch together with their sons Kai, 11, Klay, seven, Kit, four, and Cass, two.
The second snap showed Wayne in the midst of his managerial position at Derby County, after taking over the position temporarily in November before being offered the job full-time on Friday.
She penned the caption: ‘Congratulations on a fantastic career Wayne. Won everything at club level, some a few times over, x2 leading goal scoring records for both club and country, which have taken years to break.
‘You should be SO proud of yourself, because we are!! Thank you for letting me be part of it from start to finish.19 years later & 4 kids who have been lucky to witness you playing. We love you!!
He’s done! The mother-of-four penned a sweet tribute to the England star as he officially bid farewell to the game to take on the permanent position as Derby County manager
Sweet: In the caption Coleen thanked teenage sweetheart Wayne for allowing her to play a part in his huge sporting success and insisted ‘he’ll be great’ as a manager
‘Good luck in the next chapter of your career as manger, sure you’ll be great, but remember, all you can do is try your best.’
Wayne has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to take charge of the Rams – currently in the Championship relegation zone – until the summer of 2023, officially marking the ending of his playing career.
The former Manchester United star sparked a slew of tributes from sporting stars lauding his incredible career.
Former England striker Gary Lineker led the tributes to United’s all-time leading scorer, tweeting: ‘One of our all-time great footballers has retired.
‘It’s never an easy moment for any player but @WayneRooney has enjoyed a truly wonderful career on the field.
‘Here’s hoping he’s successful off the pitch with @dcfcofficial. Well played and good luck.’
Family: Coleen and husband Wayne are proud parents to four sons, Kai, 11, Klay, seven, Kit, four, and Cass, two
Happy: The WAG married Wayne in 2008 and has been at his side throughout his incredible career
Rooney’s former United and England team-mate Rio Ferdinand posted a video on Twitter praising the ex-forward, stating: ‘What a career this kid has had.
‘I laid eyes on him when he was 16 or 17 years old, and I remember after an England game as well, I said to his mum and dad in the players’ lounge ‘make sure he signs for Manchester United”.
‘They looked at me and laughed and thought ‘we have already done that’. What a player. He did it all, he scored a ridiculous amount of goals, scored absolute bangers from anywhere on the pitch, great passer, aggressive, passion, desire, work rate.
‘He was a team player, he sacrificed part of his game for others. He had the lot and he won loads. Now that he has retired people will start appreciating him for who he is and what he was as a player because I don’t think he gets the respect he deserves.
‘No one can doubt he was world class. When we flew anywhere in the world he used to get mad, mad love, more than he got here [UK]. I hope that translates back to where he lives and where he is from.’
Done: Rooney’s official retirement from playing football brings the curtain down on an illustrious career for England’s all-time record goalscorer
Rooney’s playing career
77 games, 17 goals
MANCHESTER UNITED 2004-2017
559 games, 253 goals
40 games, 11 goals
DC UNITED 2018-2019
52 games, 25 goals
DERBY COUNTY 2019-2020
35 games, 7 goals
120 games, 53 goals
Premier League 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13
FA Cup 2015-16
League Cup 2005-06, 2009-10, 2016-17
Community Shield 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
UEFA Champions League 2007-08
UEFA Europa League 2016-17
FIFA Club World Cup 2008
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