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Rooney's 11-year-old son Kai signs for Man United academy

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, Derby's Wayne Rooney, left, and Manchester United's Jesse Lindgard run for the ball during the FA C...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020 file photo, Derby's Wayne Rooney, left, and Manchester United's Jesse Lindgard run for the ball during the FA C...

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — One of Wayne Rooney’s sons has followed in his father’s footsteps by signing for Manchester United.

United’s record goalscorer posted a picture on social media of the 11-year-old Kai, the oldest of his four sons, signing a contract to join the Premier League club's youth academy.

“Proud day," Rooney posted on Instagram. "Kai signing for @manchesterunited. Keep up the hard work son.”

The 38-year-old Rooney is currently interim manager of Derby in the second division.

The former England striker had a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford, scoring 253 times in 559 appearances.

“Special night..... congratulations Kai," Rooney's wife, Coleen, wrote on Instagram. "I love you and I am so proud of you. Keep trying your best.”

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Updated : 2021-01-26 21:30 GMT+08:00