Derby County’s Wayne Rooney is prepared to call time on his playing career if asked to fill the position of manager left vacant following Phillip Cocu’s sacking, the former England captain said on Friday.

Player-coach Rooney has been assisted by Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker following Dutchman Cocu’s departure this month and will take sole charge of the Championship (second-tier) club when it hosts Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

“If I’m managing the team for a longer scale, I don’t think it’s possible to manage and play, so that (no longer playing) is a possibility,” Rooney was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“If I’m not managing the team and I’m part of the coaching staff then I’ll continue to play, but if I’m asked to manage the team on a full-time basis then, of course, that will be the end of my playing days, yes.”

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