Wayne Rooney Surprised by Everton Exit

Wayne Rooney says that he is still dark when it comes to the reasons behind Everton deciding to let him leave after just one campaign at Goodison Park. The Everton icon returned to Goodison Park last summer on a free transfer from Manchester United. After having left the club as a promising teenager, Rooney made the return to the former stamping ground as a hero after having won every major honour in club football. However, his second spell at Everton was not rosy since he was shuffled around the park by two managers and he was ultimately let go by the club in acrimonious circumstances.

Rooney made the switch to the MLS outfit DC United and he is about to make his debut for the club. In the 2017-18 campaign with Everton, Rooney came up with 11 goals in all appearances. The 32-year-old has claimed that this record is extremely good for the player who spent majority of the campaign playing in the midfield. After starting out with Ronald Koeman, Everton made the managerial change to bring in Sam Allardyce midway through the campaign as poor results forced the Dutchman out of the club.Allardyce, though, was persistent when it comes to using Rooney in the midfield – even when he has scored goals throughout his career.

Wayne Rooney praises Jordan Henderson for World Cup showing

Former England international Wayne Rooney believes Jordan Henderson has been the stand-out performer for the Three Lions during the course of the World Cup. Henderson featured in every game for Gareth Southgate’s side barring one where he was rested but his efforts could not propel the team beyond the semi-final stage.

Regardless of this, Rooney has put his former club rivalries aside to praise his compatriot, who has been highlighted by many as the country’s best player throughout the World Cup, he said: “Jordan Henderson has excelled as Liverpool captain, helping them to the Champions League final. And I actually thought he was England's best player throughout the World Cup.”

Marco Silva opens door for Wayne Rooney stay

Everton manager Marco Silva has opened the door for Wayne Rooney to stay beyond the summer. The former England international has strongly been linked with a move to DC United but so far, the MLS club have yet to sort out a transfer fee with the Toffees. As such, Silva is open to working alongside Rooney next term and suggests he wants a team with youth and experience.

He said: “It is always good when you have this balance. Some experience, some young players, some fresh players as well but I cannot tell you if the squad is too old or not - it's not fair for me.For me, in football you don't have age. If an 18-year-old player is better than the other or deserves to play more than the other then he will play more than the one who is 29 or 30. But it is not fair to the player who is 32, 33 if he is better than the other if I don't play him because he is 32, 33.”

Tim Howard: Wayne Rooney will make DC United a better team

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard believes Wayne Rooney would make a defining impact in the MLS, should he make the move to DC United. The former England international has experienced a mixed first season on his return to Everton and he is currently understood to be assessing his Toffees future.

As such, Howard has discussed the possibility of Rooney plying his trade in the United States and feels his former Manchester United teammate would improve DC United regardless of his age, he told the Washington Post: “The idea isn’t whether a player is of a certain age; it’s whether they are motivated and whether they are driven to come here and perform, help a team and ultimately buy into it. Wayne will be fine. When a player starts to get older, you want to utilize him in the right positions to get the most out of them. So that will be up to Benny Olsen to figure out where he bests suits the team.”

Bill Kenwright Confirms Wayne Rooney Took A Paycut

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has confirmed that Wayne Rooney took a 50 per cent pay cut on his Manchester United wages in order to seal a return to Goodison Park last summer. The 32-year-old had been on a £300,000 weekly salary at Old Trafford and he had to agree upon half the package to realise his comeback with his hometown club.

Cenk Tosun Glad To Have Joined Everton To Play Alongside ‘Legend’ Wayne Rooney

Everton winter signing Cenk Tosun is pleased to have joined a bigger club after failing to secure a move to Crystal Palace earlier in the summer. The Turkey international was on the radar of the Eagles at the start of the season, but unfortunately, the south London outfit could not finalise a deal with Besiktas.

As a result, the Turk had to wait until the New Year to seal his Premier League move, but he is glad to have joined the Toffees. Speaking on TRT Spor, the 26-year-old highlighted that he is content with the proceedings at his present club, and spoke fondly about Wayne Rooney, who has helped him to settle in Merseyside.

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]."