Wayne Rooney still believes he can steer crisis-hit Derby to safety

Wayne Rooney still believes he can steer crisis-hit Derby to safety despite needing to make up 20 POINTS on rivals…and he will rank avoiding relegation as his biggest achievement ever if Rams pull off the great escape

  • Wayne Rooney insists Derby can still avoid relegation from the Championship 
  • If Rams can achieve safety, Rooney will rank it as his greatest achievement 
  • ‘If you don’t believe, then we may as well all go home,’ Rooney told ESPN
  • Derby are 20 points adrift of safety after being docked 21 points by the EFL 

Wayne Rooney is still optimistic he can complete the near-impossible mission of lead Derby to Championship.

And if the striker can pull off a miraculous escape act, he is going to rank it as the greatest achievement of his glittering, trophy-laden career.

Derby are rock bottom of the league with only one point to their name after being docked 12 points for going into administration in September and then deducted a further nine in November after admitting breaches of the EFL’s accounting rules.

Wayne Rooney still believes he can steer Derby away from relegation from the Championship

Derby are 20 points adrift of safety after the club were docked 21 points by the EFL

If things are bleak at boardroom level, they are just as bleak on the pitch, with only one win in their last 10 league matches.

But Rooney retains belief his side can still avoid the drop to League One, just as they did on the final day of last season.

‘If you don’t believe, then we may as well all go home,’ Rooney said in an interview with ESPN. 

‘Football is a crazy game at times, and crazy things happen. If we can make the fans smile for 90 minutes or give them the hope we can achieve something, we will do everything we can to do that.

‘The table doesn’t lie,’ he said. ‘However we look at it, it is not going to be good for next two or three weeks. But I believe that, come February-March, we can look at the table and say we have got a chance or we will get relegated, will have a better understanding of where we are at.’

Rooney retired as Manchester United and England’s all-time top scorer as well as lifting five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League. 

Rooney lifted the Champions League with Man United in addition to a host of other trophies

The striker also became England’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals for the Three Lions

But of all the things he has done in the game, steering Derby away from relegation after all the turmoil they have faced would make him proudest 

‘It would be the biggest achievement in football for me,’ Rooney added.

‘To deal with everything and manage to stay up, but there is a lot of hard work to do before we start to do that.’




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