Rooney caught in ‘tug of war’ between BBC and ITV for World Cup punditry role

Both the BBC and ITV are reportedly scrapping it out to secure the services of Wayne Rooney ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The former Manchester United star has since turned his craft to management, and after leaving his role at Derby County this summer Rooney has already become DC United manager over in the United States. Under usual circumstances this role would stop him from being able to work as a pundit during the World Cup, but the MLS schedule is different.

The MLS finishes in October, meaning that Rooney will be free to work during the World Cup before their season gets back underway in February. And with Rooney in high demand, BBC and ITV are reportedly battling it out to secure him as a pundit for the winter tournament.

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A source told The Sun: "Wayne is keen to be involved. Not only is it a really lucrative opportunity but it's an area Wayne is keen to get more experience in. And for ITV and BBC, landing Rooney would be a massive coup. He is one of England's greatest ever players and remains a massive fan of the national team."

And Rooney has previously displayed his skills on Sky Sports, as he appeared as a guest on Monday Night Football. Rooney was a hit on the popular football show, causing other broadcasters to show interest.

But with the World Cup shown on terrestrial TV, Sky Sports are not in the conversation for World Cup coverage later this year. And both BBC and ITV will want to exclusively secure Rooney for a busy international period.

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Rooney remains England's all-time top goalscorer, although Harry Kane is honing in on his international record. Rooney scored 53 goals in 120 matches for the Three Lions, but Kane is only three goals behind the former United star.

The current DC boss has since been endorsed for his management skills after hanging up his boots in 2021, and despite getting relegated with Derby, he did an incredible job when factoring in the point deduction they faced, and ownership crisis. Rooney was close to steering Derby to safety even after a 21-point deduction was sanctioned.

But following the change of ownership Rooney departed Derby and soon left for DC, where he enjoyed time as a player before moving back to England. The switch means he will be ready to work during the World Cup, although it's not known if this was a deliberate tactic.


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