Wayne Rooney has issued a clear instruction to his Derby County players ahead of tonight’s clash with Huddersfield Town at Pride Park.
The Rams will look to return to winning ways and pick up a vital three points against Huddersfield this evening, in what is shaping up to be a hugely important game towards the bottom end of the Championship table.
The night will also see two former Derby players Duane Holmes and Richard Keogh return to Pride Park for the first time since leaving the club.
Holmes left Pride Park for Huddersfield last month after falling out of favour under Rooney, securing a return to West Yorkshire for an undisclosed fee.
Keogh, meanwhile, was sacked by Derby back in October 2019 after being involved in an alcohol-related incident which saw him sustain knee ligament damage.
Wayne Rooney, speaking to BBC Derby, has revealed that he has instructed his players not to talk to the two former Rams ahead of kick-off tonight.
He said: “I’m sure for Richard Keogh and Duane Holmes, there’ll be two players coming back who will be focused on their jobs for Huddersfield.
“I’ve said to my players that I don’t want to see anyone speaking to them before the game. If they want to speak and catch up they can do that after the game, but before the game we need to focus on our jobs.
“We have to focus on ourselves and that’s it. After the game, they can talk about what they want. It’s important we keep our attention and focus to ourselves.”
Keogh and Holmes were two key players for Derby during their spells at Pride Park, and here, we take a look at fans’ reactions to Rooney’s comments…
All for this! Crunch right into them. They’ll be wanting to beat us badly so get right into em. After the game when we’ve won, no probs 👍
— Adam Moss (@adamcm88) February 22, 2021
Couldn't be any more spot on with that, players should be wanting to kill one another during that game to win, not chat like they're mothers in a meeting. This is the mentality more managers need
— Lew (@JustLzw) February 22, 2021
Spot on again Wayne. We don’t care about Keogh or Holmes. We don’t care what they’re thinking or feeling. They’re not Derby. We are. Keep the focus on us 🐏
— KC Flanagan🏴🐏🇪🇺💙 (@KCFlanagan) February 22, 2021
Born winner 👍
— Stuart Forsyth (@sjforsyth) February 22, 2021
Rightly so as well.
— Barnaby & Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) February 22, 2021
Love that attitude
— Ryan sharp (@RyanSharp93) February 22, 2021
Woah! Kind of love this 👊
— Twedds (@METwedds) February 22, 2021
Absolutly love this
— nick wragg (@wragg_nick) February 22, 2021
Like that attitude! Should be the case👏
— Buntssss (@bunts_sam) February 22, 2021