Everton have announced that Wayne Rooney would wear the number ten shirt this season after making his return official to Goodison Park earlier today.
The player, who scored 17 times in 77 appearances for the Blues before he left for Manchester United in 2004. While at the Red Devils, he became the club’s most prolific scorer in history, picking up 253 goals and 145 assists in 559 appearances.
Rooney has 119 senior caps for the England national team, scoring 53 times and will be attempting to win his place back with the Three Lions in what is shaping up to be an exciting year for Everton ahead of the 2018 World Cup next summer.
While there is a section of Toffees who wanted nothing to do with Rooney after he left the club seeking another with bigger ambitions, the majority of fans feel much more benevolently to a born and bred Blue, and despite the fact the forward’s star is on the wane, there is sincere hope that he will be able to motivate himself by turning back the clock one more time at his boyhood club Everton. He looked quite lean and trim in his appearance at Finch Farm yesterday, and should be raring to go.