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Wayne Rooney believes Everton move could resurrect his England career

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes a move back to boyhood club Everton could help him win back his place in the England squad ahead of next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, providing England can qualify which is looking good at this moment in time. The Mirror have reported that Rooney has now set his heart on ‘an emotional return’ to Goodison Park this summer, also stating that the move could be completed inside the next two days, which may or may not happen. I am sure United would not want to take him on their pre-season tour of the United States of America this summer, only for him to leave the training camp to head back to England to complete the transfer.

Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford met Bill Kenwright in London on Wednesday which is now, reportedly, being finalised. Rooney could sign a two or three-year contract at Everton, which could also see him ending his playing career at the club. Rooney lost his place in the England squad, also the captaincy earlier this year but the player has not closed the door on his international career just yet. The fact that Rooney has been a peripheral figure at United is one of the reasons being England dropping him, his form when he did play being the other. Despite breaking the records set by Sir Bobby Charlton for both England and United, Rooney did not actually offer all that much to either when he did play. The player has let himself, United and England down and only he can change that.

It was reported on Thursday morning that United had agreed a £75 million deal with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, which will be treated as a separate transfer to that of Rooney. It would seem that the Blue side of Merseyside will swap and up and coming striker and some money for Rooney, figuratively speaking, which is a great deal for United, not so great for Everton who have got by since Rooney left the club 13 years ago. Rooney’s signing could bring in commercial revenue for Everton, also make them money on shirt sales as I am sure many will be excited to see the former star back at the club, even if he is past his best and heading into the twilight years of his career – he could surprise many and find himself again, who knows?

The Daily Mail have also reported on Rooney’s return to Goodison Park suggesting that United have waived a transfer fee, which may have been as much as £10 million for the player to leave the Old Trafford club.  It is suggested that Rooney has dropped his wage demands, settling on around £150,000 a week, which is somewhat smaller that the wage he was on at United, supposed to be between £250,000 and £300,000, which may include image rights also. Rooney was tipped to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer with options in China, the United States of America and the Premier League, Everton and Stoke City. The player did say he would not play for another Premier League side, ruling out Stoke which seemed to suggest Everton would be an option.

Rooney’s departure will be sad based on what he achieved at the club, becoming the top scorer in the club’s history with 253 goals in all competitions and winning all major honours available, if you don’t include the likes of the UEFA Super Cup, which United played in after winning the UEFA Champions League in 2008, losing to Zenit Saint-Petersburg. Rooney won the Emirates FA Cup at the end of the 2015/16 season, the only trophy, other than the UEFA Europa League, which he had not won during his time at United, helping to win that this season with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm, of which he played the last few minutes, seemingly his last big game on the Manchester United stage.

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