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Rooney impresses on Derby debut

Wayne Rooney put on an amazing display on his debut to help Derby County defeat Barnsley 2-1 at Pride Park in the EFL Championship this morning.

The former Manchester United and England player provided an assist from a free-kick for Jack Marriott to put Derby ahead before the half-time break.

He was also involved in Derby’s second goal as he hit a brilliant crossfield pass to Andre Wisdom, who crossed for Martyn Waghorn, who made it 2-1 in the 57th minute.

“It was nice, I’ve been training for a long time now so it’s nice to get back on the pitch. I felt good but the most important thing for us was the three points,” said the 34-year-old following his much-awaited debut.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I want to play in every game. I have to recover quickly now, it’s a quick turnaround. I’ll get a good recovery session in and try and be ready for Sunday.”

Rooney was handed the captain’s armband for the match against Barnsley with Derby boss Philip Cocu later revealing that he is set to replace Curtis Davies as skipper on a permanent basis.

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