Wayne Rooney scores on Everton return with cracking goal

Rooney reported for his first day of pre-season with Everton on Monday at Finch Farm

Rooney reported for his first day of pre-season with Everton on Monday at Finch Farm

"But Wayne shouldn't kid himself on". That's his decision and I respect him as a person, as a manager.

"It was around November I knew [I'd be leaving]".

"Half of the stadium will be red - Simba's colours - and half will be green for rivals Young Africans". I want to play for England.

"When I came to Simba it took me a while to get the team to understand my way of thinking and it worked". Which player or players are you most intrigued by, as the Toffees prepare to play Gor Mahia? My teamtalk will be easy. What matters most, is finally getting onto the pitch and seeing how the new members of the team interact with the existing players.

"I want this to be a showcase for them as individuals and for us as a club".

And — arguably most important to Everton's success-starved fans — there's a team filled with a growing number of bright, bold and talented youngsters from England and overseas.

To say it was a dream come true would be an vast understatement, but the healthy crowd inside the Dar-Es-Salaam National Stadium had seen something rather special. I am not coming into a retirement home.

I have really enjoyed my time here. And football is a great way to learn how to work together as a team.

"It is a common practice for foreign coaches to troop overseas for coaching stints with their own prop-up personnel, but I have opted to employ the services of local people", the Englishman remarked during the occasion to unveil him officially in Nairobi.

It was a dream return for Rooney, who lasted 45 minutes before Ronald Koeman changed his entire XI at half-time, with debuts too for new signings Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane.

"We reached the semi-finals and the board sacked me".

Rooney signed a two-year deal and revealed that he was looking forward to his first game for the club.

Walker will still, in all likelihood, leave White Hart Lane after a late-season fallout with Mauricio Pochettino but with Alves' deal falling through, Guardiola just found himself with no right-backs and a more hard negotiating positiont for his top target.

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Inevitably, these was some misplaced passes and rust in the Everton legs, but thanks to the hosts keenness to have a go, the first half saw a decent pace to the play.

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