Watch Wayne Rooney's inspirational talk to Derby fans after club is relegated as crowd applauds Man Utd icon

WAYNE ROONEY delivered a rousing speech to Derby County supporters after his side were relegated to League One yesterday.

The Rams have been blighted by off-field problems this season and were docked 21 points for financial issues.

Rooney, 36, produced a great effort against the odds, but his side fell short yesterday as they lost 1-0 to QPR.

After the game, the Manchester United legend addressed fans that had travelled to West London for the match.

He said: "We're grateful for the support you've shown us all season.

"It's been f***ing tough, it's been hard. Difficult moments, for us, for you especially – it's been very tough.

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"But we've tried our best, we've given everything we can.

"It's unfortunate we've been relegated, but, now we'll plan to make sure this club comes back."

In his post-match interview, Rooney vowed to rebuild the Rams if their takeover is finally completed.

He said: "The takeover has to happen, if it doesn't happen then I really fear for the club – where the club will end up.

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"Obviously the club's future is in doubt if it doesn't happen, my future is in doubt if it doesn't happen.

"If it happens I want to rebuild the club. This is a special club, a big club, we're all proud to be here. I want to bring those special days back.

"I feel for the players, we've picked up 52 points and we would be safe in normal circumstances."

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