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Coleen Rooney 'wins battle to return to England' as her husband looks set to quit £85,000-a-

Wayne Rooney is poised for an astonishing return to English football after his homesick wife won her battle for a return to Britain - cutting short his £10million contract in the US by two years and taking a massive pay cut.

The former England and Manchester United star, 33, flew back to Britain last night and is expected to agree a player-coach role with Championship side Derby County.

His wife Coleen has already returned to Britain with their sons Kai, nine, Klay, six, Kit, three, and 17-month-old Cass, who are expected to return to schools and childcare in Cheshire from September.

Coleen, who is very close to her family, was said to be homesick after making the move, and wanted her children to settle down to life in the UK with friends saying Wayne's decision to come home is a 'big win' for her.

Wayne posed for photos at Heathrow Monday night after landing from Washington ahead of his move to Derby County, where he will take on a player coach role

The family has spent the past 13 months in Washington where Wayne signed a three-year £10million ($13million) contract with DC United, who paid him £85,000-a-week.

A source told MailOnline: 'Coleen was the driving force behind this decision. She was never keen to go to the US, she never settled there and she believes it's best for her and the family to come home.

'Wayne will have to take a pay cut in moving back from the States where he earns £85,000-a-week because Derby won't be able to pay him that salary.

'But Coleen thinks it's best for the children to be in familiar surroundings. She's put her foot down and told Wayne she wants their children settled in local schools.

'Work is nearly finished on the home that they have been building in the north of England and the family will move into that.'

The forward flew to England on Monday night and is expected to finalise a move to Pride Park on Tuesday.

Wayne is contracted to DC United until next year but is keen to push through a move after his agent, Paul Stretford, held preliminary talks with Derby owner Mel Morris.

There were suggestions that he could move back in January but he will likely cancel his contract with DC United and move before the close of the summer window.

There are rumours that West Brom have also offered him a deal.

There were signs he was unsettled after he flew home last month for a break in the middle of the US season.

Rooney was impressed by the opportunity Frank Lampard received at Derby last season and is interested in a player-coach role at last season's Championship play-off finalists.

Derby began their campaign last night with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield and manager Phillip Cocu was asked about Rooney after the match.

'At the moment I can't say anything. We are working on completing the team and we said it was not complete yet,' said the former Barcelona player.

'It's true we're working to get the team done but I can't say anything about names before things are done.

'There are a few more days, hopefully something more can happen.'

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My view: Honestly, the level of gun violence alone in America is enough to put the Rooneys off, I think Coleen made the right decision.

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