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Rooney says Derby can stay up with points deduction

Wayne Rooney says Derby County can stay up whether or not they are hit with a points deduction.

Speculation has been rife that Derby, who are managed by the former Manchester United striker, will be hit with a nine-point deduction owing to historic rule breaches.

But the 35-year-old ex-England star has backed his side to stay up whatever happens.

He said: "If nine points is the penalty we have to take then I'm confident we'll stay in this division.

"Obviously like everyone else we're waiting to see what's going to happen and what's going on.

"If it's nine points then I've got a lot of faith in the players and in myself."

"I've said many times I'm a confident person.

"If we get dealt the nine points there's nothing I can do about it, there's nothing the players can do.

"I'm confident we will stay in the division. If it goes beyond that, with more points, then it becomes a lot more difficult of course.

"My focus is on the players, and getting them right for the games, for which they've been excellent."

But despite playing at the top level for the vast majority of his playing career Rooney has no plans to walk away from the Rams because he's "a fighter".

He added: "My commitment to this club is there for everyone to see, the easy thing would be to walk away.

"I'm a fighter, I'm not doing that, I'm here trying to help this club and I'm fully committed to this football club."

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