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Thursday’s Toffee Bites: Rooney hinted at Everton return years ago

In today’s links: lots of Sigurdsson, a counter argument on Barkley, and prep for the Europa League

Everton v Villarreal - Pre Season Friendly Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Happy Europa League Day! Ah, we are just hours away from a packed Goodison Park set to watch its favorite son, Wayne Rooney (and 10 other guys), make his triumphant return and lead Everton into battle against a club that no one can pronounce.

Please, let the Toffees win, and don’t concede any goals. This is supposed to be a season-long situation.

In case you missed it

Everton vs MFK Ruzomberok: Match Preview
Everton gets its season underway with a third qualifying round match against Slokavian opposition.

Koeman talks transfer targets, Gylfi, and his captains pick
Everton manager speaks before first competitive match of the season.

Ronald Koeman confirms Ross Barkley’s impending departure
Toffees boss reveals midfielder wants to leave Goodison Park.

Thursday’s Bites

Five Great European Nights At Goodison - EvertonFC.com
A proper way to get excited about Everton's return to the European picture.

Once A Boo, Always A Boo - GrandOldTeam
"Leave Ross Barkley alone."

Wayne Rooney told Bill Kenwright Everton 'is MY club' - Daily Mail Online
Rooney hint to Kenwright that he would make a return when they both attended Howard Kendall's funeral in 2015.

Gylfi Sigurdsson chase in the hands of Everton board - Liverpool Echo
Ronald Koeman chasing hard for Swansea City man - but laments escalating transfer fees.

Sigurdsson rejoins Swansea squad after withdrawing from USA tour - talkSPORT
The longtime Everton target is back and training with his current team. Will he ever join the Toffees? No one really knows.

Shrewd deals by Koeman set Everton up for stellar season - Independent.ie
Everton may be facing obscure raiders from the hills of Slovakia tonight, but we can be sure the charge at Goodison Park will be much stronger than the normal passion of an opening skir.

Everton should think twice before signing Gylfi Sigurdsson for £50m - The Guardian
If Ronald Koeman wants a creative midfielder he should invest in Valter Birsa, Ryad Boudebouz or Jonathan Viera.

What to Watch

Europa League: Everton vs Ružomberok
CS U Craiova vs AC Milan, 2 p.m. ET, Sky Sports 1
Olympique Marseille vs KV Oostende, 2:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sports 1
UEFA Women’s Euros: Portugal vs. England, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Scotland vs. Spain, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Women’s Friendly: Brazil vs. Japan, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
United States vs. Australia, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN3
International Champions Cup: Bayern Munich vs. Inter Milan, 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3

FOOTBALL IS BACK! Sort of. Head to LivesoccerTV.com for full listings

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