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Wayne Rooney: I want to become the Everton manager one day

Wayne Rooney has expressed his wish to become the Everton manager one day and is keen to make inroads into coaching next season.

The former England international is top scorer for Everton this season and is set to be recalled to the starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League game against Crystal Palace.

Rooney, though, has already set sights on the next stage of his career. Speaking to the Telegraph, he talked about his future after retiring.

"The main thing I want to have a go at is management," he said. "I would love to stay at Everton in a coaching role or hopefully manager one day. It is something I want to do -- to stay involved, but if that is not possible I will look to see where the opportunities are for me. I am determined to become a manager.

"From next season I want to be doing some coaching sessions with the under-14s at Everton.

"It would be good to have all my badges by the time I have finished, but it is also about having the chance to carry on when I have so I can get straight into coaching."

Wayne Rooney moved back to his boyhood club Everton last summer.

However, Rooney said he is still focused on doing his best as a player for now.

"Obviously my first objective is to do well as a player over the next few years," he said. "Then I hope the role can grow into something beyond that. It is something I will talk about with the club when they and I feel the time is right."

He also admitted he is happy to have reached a significant milestone lat December.

"I was an Everton fan, so as a young Everton fan I was dreaming of scoring at Anfield for Everton," he said. "When I came back [to Everton] I was thinking about the chance to do that. So to do it this year fulfilled that."

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