Wayne Rooney accepts the position of head coach at DC United.

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Wayne Rooney has decided to return as the head coach of Major League Soccer team DC United.

Rooney, the all-time goalscoring leader for England, resigned as Derby County manager last month after managing the Rams through a difficult era in the club’s history.

In his first managerial position, he oversaw the club’s administration and relegation to League One.

Rooney spent 18 months with DC United in Washington before joining Derby in January 2020 as a player-coach.

In November of that year, when the club was at the bottom of the Championship standings and Phillip Cocu had been fired, he was put in control of the team on an interim basis.

Three months later, Rooney’s confirmation in the position on a two-and-a-half-year contract caused him to announce his retirement as a player.

The record striker for Manchester United was slated to remain in his position had Chris Kirchner’s contentious takeover of Derby been successful, but he quit after the deal fell through.

DC United have been without a manager since April, sit in second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference, and were defeated 7-0 on Friday by Philadelphia Union.

The former Everton forward, who made his professional debut for the Toffees at the age of 16 in August 2002, is anticipated to be introduced by DC on Tuesday.