Wayne Rooney speaks out after confirming immediate exit from BBC's Euro 2024 coverage

Wayne Rooney has made his final appearance on the BBC's Euro 2024 coverage
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Wayne Rooney has cut short his stint with the BBC's Euro 2024 coverage to take the helm at Plymouth Argyle.

Initially, Rooney was set to be a pundit throughout the tournament for the BBC, but his new role at Plymouth prompted a change of plans. After Belgium's goalless draw with Ukraine, Rooney confirmed his departure from Germany to commence pre-season duties.

"Wayne, it's your last time here because you were going to stay longer but you've got a job," Gary Lineker remarked before enquiring about the start of pre-season. "I fly home tomorrow," Rooney answered. "The lads are back in on July 3, so I'll be home and straight down to Plymouth."

Lineker then probed about Plymouth's season opener against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on August 11. "The excitement was there today," Rooney said, reports the Mirror. "When you see the fixtures you're looking through the opening games, the Christmas schedule and stuff. I'm really excited."

Rooney is set to manage his fourth club, after spells at Derby County, D. C. United, and Birmingham. He secured the Plymouth position in May following discussions with the club's director of football Neil Dewsnip, who had previously coached him at Everton's academy.

Despite Rooney's challenging time at Birmingham, Dewsnip believes Rooney will thrive in his new role. "Birmingham City didn't go great for him but even Sir Alex Ferguson has experienced the sack at St. Mirren. What do they say? The path to success is not always a straight line? " Dewsnip said earlier this month.

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Reflecting on Rooney's career trajectory, Dewsnip noted, "He's had a bump in the road but at Derby he was up against the odds and did well while D.C United almost made the MLS play-offs. Knowing the kind of person he is he would have learned from all that. He will use that as incredible motivation."