Wayne Rooney has called on his Derby County players to rise to the task of avoiding relegation on the final day after defeat at Swansea on Saturday.

England’s record goalscorer watched his side fall to a sixth straight defeat, meaning their fight to stay in the Championship is out of their hands.

Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday both edged a point closer to the Rams after draws against Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

Rotherham are three points behind fourth-bottom Derby, but have a game in hand at Luton on Tuesday, while Wednesday will need to beat Derby in a blockbuster clash on the final day to give themselves a chance of staying up.

Derby must beat Wednesday and hope Rotherham lose one of their two remaining games if they are to avoid slipping into the third tier for the first time in 35 years.

They were on course to beat the drop when Tom Lawrence headed home two minutes into the second half at the Liberty Stadium, but two goals in as many minutes from Morgan Whittaker and Connor Roberts condemned them to another defeat.

“We leave ourselves with one game left of the season and we have to win,” said Rooney after the 2-1 loss.

“We’ll certainly see who the men are and see which players can stand up and be counted for the game.

“I’ve never been in a last day battle to stay in the league. I know it’s my job to make sure the players are ready and that’s all I can focus on.

“The players will be ready – it’s a shootout between the three of us and we know if we win the game Sheffield Wednesday can’t go above us, then we have to hope Rotherham lose one of their games.”

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