Wayne Rooney 'grateful' after induction into Premier League Hall of Fame

Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is one of the two most recent inductees to the Premier League Hall of Fame.

Rooney and former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira have been added to the list, taking the total number up to ten.

United were already represented by Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Roy Keane and now Rooney has been added to the mix too.

And Rooney has reacted to the news, sharing his gratitude at the award with United’s official website during the international break.

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“It’s a huge honour for me to be named in the Premier League Hall of Fame, alongside an incredible group of players who have already been inducted,” he said.

“Growing up, I watched the Premier League as far back as I can remember.

“My dream was always to become a professional footballer, score goals, and win trophies, and I was lucky enough to win the Premier League five times.

“I have so many brilliant memories from my years playing for Everton and Manchester United, and I’m really proud of what we achieved.

“To enter the Hall of Fame is very special for me personally and I’m grateful to be recognised.”

United will be in the market for a new striker in the summer and how they would love someone with Rooney’s rare combination of skill and desire.

Rooney was also a selfless worker for the team, someone happy to play in different positions for the good of the group.

That probably stopped him scoring even more goals, which makes his overall return all the more impressive and he fully deserves his place on the list.

Rooney of course has his hands full now, trying to keep Derby in the Championship while battling against financial issues and points deductions and it is a credit to his ability as a fledgling manager that they have a fighting chance of doing that against the odds.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.