Cenk Tosun aiming to learn from Wayne Rooney after Everton switch

Turkey international Cenk Tosun is looking to learn from the likes of Wayne Rooney after pursuing his switch to Everton from Besiktas. The Toffees had reached a stumbling block over the asking price for the 27-year-old earlier in the week, but the departure of Ross Barkley allowed them additional funds to finalise the move.

Speaking after his £27m move, Tosun was pleased to have made the switch to Goodison Park, and he is aiming to test himself in the English top-flight. The Turk also spoke about his excitement of learning from the senior players including Wayne Rooney, who has had a strong start on his Toffees comeback.

Roy Hodgson surprised by Wayne Rooney's early England retirement

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he was surprised Wayne Rooney retired from international ahead of next summer's World Cup. The 32-year-old called time on his England career earlier this season despite earning a recall from Gareth Southgate. Speaking in the lead-up to the Everton game, Hodgson said that he was turned back by Rooney's decision to retire at an unexpected period, he said: "I thought he would try and continue to get to the next World Cup. I was a little surprised when he retired. I spoke to him then: we texted. These are decisions players have to make.

"I'm not party to all those facts and considerations he's thought about. But one thing I do know is England owes him - he owes England nothing - because he gave his all for England and did more than his fair share of what someone could expect for England. His record alone would put him in that category [of the greatest I have managed]."

David Unsworth demands Everton's senior players to step up

Everton's caretaker manager David Unsworth has urged the club's senior players including Wayne Rooney to step up when the Toffees host Watford in the Premier League on Sunday. The Merseyside outfit have lost their last five outings in all competitions, including a 3-0 defeat to Lyon that ended their Europa League qualification hopes.

The likes of Rooney, Leighton Baines, and Phil Jagielka were left out of the midweek defeat to Les Gones, but Unsworth has hinted that the trio will be involved this weekend where they face a crucial game versus Marco Silva's Watford. He said, "We've got a few young players in and around the squad as well so their importance to those young players is vital. Anytime you go into big games, and Sunday's a big game, a cup final for me, you always need your senior players who you can rely on and trust."

Wayne Rooney fit to face Burnley - Ronald Koeman

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has no fracture on his hand after he was left in pain during the 2-2 draw against Apollon Limassol.


The Toffees looked on course for three points in the latter stages of the Europa League encounter, but Limassol found the key equaliser with just ten men. Koeman has since insisted that his side are scared of playing on the front foot, but he is looking to turn things around ahead of this weekend's clash against Burnley.

Wayne Rooney insists Romelu Lukaku is perfect for Manchester United

Wayne Rooney believes Romelu Lukaku is the perfect signing for Manchester United following his recruitment from Everton earlier this summer.


The Belgium international joined the Red Devils for an initial £75m, and his arrival permitted Rooney to seal a return to boyhood club Everton.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Rooney said that Lukaku is the perfect player for his former side as he has the right physique and goal scoring potential to improve the squad, he said: "For that United side, he is the perfect player. He is powerful, quick and strong and he scores goals, so certainly will improve that team."

BARCA CHASE COUTINHO AFTER NEYMAR SNUB

Liverpool faced Hoffenheim to get through the final round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers without the services of Phillipe Coutinho.

After an opening day Premier League clash with Marcos Silva’s Watford that ended with Britos equalizing for the Hornets at the dead end of the match, the Reds were under immense pressure to quickly get their defensive act together if they were to have the chance of participating in a tournament they toiled day and night to be part of last season.

POGBA’S INFLUENCE GROWING AT OLD TRAFFORD

France international Paul Pogba moved back to Old Trafford after going out to enjoy success with Juventus.


Jose Mourinho broke the world transfer record to land the player. After an initial struggle time, he seemed to have settled very well into his role.

With long time star Wayne Rooney returning to his boyhood club Everton FC, the influence of Pogba at Stretford End is set to grow exponentially. The former skipper was frustrated with lack of regular game time so he had to exit the club eventually despite talks of fighting for a shirt.

Wayne Rooney Secures Everton Return on a Free

England international Wayne Rooney rejoined Everton earlier this month after he was released from his Manchester United contract with a sizeable compensation.


The 31-year-old leaves the Red Devils after having broken the club's all-time goalscoring record with 253 goals in 559 appearances.

Rooney had received offers from clubs in China and the United States, but a return to Merseyside was the striker's prime focus during this summer's transfer window. The veteran marksman returned to Goodison Park after a 13-year gap, and he was ecstatic at making his comeback.

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