Frank Lampard’s Derby County renamed Wayne Rooney’s Derby County

A (much) younger Wayne Rooney in action for Manchester United

In a move that has shocked the football world, Frank Lampard’s Derby County is being renamed Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.

The sensational switch follows claims that the former 33-year-old England skipper is leaving the United States, where he plays for DC United, to take up a player-coach role at Derby.

As well as the club name change, the club shop at Pride Park Stadium is also getting in plenty of XXXL-sized shirts.

Frank Lampard left the managerial hot seat to take over at Chelsea, leaving the club bereft of any identity whatsoever. Clearly not any old boss could take over, it needed someone who could be included in the club name.

The Derby manager is Phillip Cocu, appointed last month, but no-one will care about him.

Football club name expert Lorraine Fisher, 34, said: “Wayne Rooney’s Derby County has a great ring to it.

“This is what every single cliche-ridden journalist will be writing and saying for the next ten months before Wayne gets sacked next May.”

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