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Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving

Former England football captain enters plea in court appearance marked by large police and media presenceThe former England football captain Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.The Everton forward, 31, was charged after being stop…

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Wayne Rooney loses out in battle of Manchester United’s past and present | Jamie Jackson

Wayne Rooney made his first return to Old Trafford since leaving and it was not a happy one as his replacement Romelu Lukaku overshadowed him

The heavens opened after only three minutes and so Wayne Rooney was being soaked as Antonio Valencia flashed home a sweet volley that gave Manchester United the lead moments later. This was not the way the club’s record goalscorer imagined his return.

Rooney last faced United at this venue on Boxing Day 2003 when Everton lost 3-2 against a Sir Alex Ferguson side that featured Tim Howard, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bellion. While Rooney’s status then as Old Trafford’s golden boy was still in the future, this match might have been billed as United Past versus United Present. With Rooney donning Everton livery, the home crowd would see their 253-goal man line up against his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, whose six goals in six games was a dream start to his career after moving from Goodison Park. Rooney had scored in Everton’s first two Premier League games but nothing since.

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Wayne Rooney loses out in battle of Manchester United’s past and present | Jamie Jackson

Wayne Rooney made his first return to Old Trafford since leaving and it was not a happy one as his replacement Romelu Lukaku overshadowed him

The heavens opened after only three minutes and so Wayne Rooney was being soaked as Antonio Valencia flashed home a sweet volley that gave Manchester United the lead moments later. This was not the way the club’s record goalscorer imagined his return.

Rooney last faced United at this venue on Boxing Day 2003 when Everton lost 3-2 against a Sir Alex Ferguson side that featured Tim Howard, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bellion. While Rooney’s status then as Old Trafford’s golden boy was still in the future, this match might have been billed as United Past versus United Present. With Rooney donning Everton livery, the home crowd would see their 253-goal man line up against his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, whose six goals in six games was a dream start to his career after moving from Goodison Park. Rooney had scored in Everton’s first two Premier League games but nothing since.

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Wayne Rooney deserves a Ronaldo-style welcome at Old Trafford

The Everton striker did alienate Manchester United fans at times but while other greats of the club have their sins forgiven quickly, his seem to linger

It is strange in football, an industry where the super-rich often give the impression that money is how they keep the score, how even the most financially endowed clubs can be guilty sometimes of blurring their priorities when it comes to saving a few quid behind the scenes.

In happier times at Manchester United, when Sir Alex Ferguson and his team were greedily accumulating all those trophies, did you know that England’s biggest club wouldn’t take up the option to have extra medals made up for his coaches? It changed when Ken Ramsden took over from Ken Merrett as club secretary in 2007 but, until that point, the coaches would receive a few hundred quid as a bonus rather than a piece of silverware that would have felt priceless. Each medal would have cost around £1,000 – peanuts for a club of United’s stature – but that, plainly, was too much and Ferguson’s staff went without.

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Wayne Rooney deserves legend’s welcome on United return, says José Mourinho

• Forward returns to Old Trafford with Everton on Sunday
• ‘He’s one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United’

Wayne Rooney should receive the welcome he deserves as a “genuine Manchester United legend” when making a first return with Everton on Sunday, according to José Mourinho.

Rooney is set to line up at Old Trafford against the side for which scored a record 253 goals, and his former manager is in no doubt regarding how the Liverpudlian should be greeted.

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‘Worried’ Ronald Koeman calls Everton crisis meeting after third straight defeat

• Toffees manager demands senior players ‘stand up’ after poor run
• Everton have lost their last three games, including the 3-0 defeat to Atalanta

Ronald Koeman has called a crisis meeting with Everton’s senior players to address the shocking run of form that has left him “worried”.

Everton slumped to a third consecutive loss at Atalanta on Thursday when, despite Koeman demanding a reaction to Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, his expensively-assembled side trailed by the same scoreline at the interval.

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Two footballers’ marriages are in trouble – why are the media narratives so different?

Wayne Rooney’s wife, Coleen, is ‘humiliated’, while Jamie Redknapp is ‘carrying on’ after his wife Louise left him

Here is a tale of two marriages, both involving footballers, both of which came a little unstuck this summer. On the one side is Wayne Rooney, a man who never seemed overly burdened with an interest in marital fidelity. Last week, while his pregnant wife and three sons were away on holiday, Rooney was caught driving over the limit accompanied by a young woman with whom, according to the charmingly 1970s-esque language of the tabloids, he was planning to “romp”. No longer, perhaps, provided with the kind of PR protection the England team management can offer, the Rooneys have been in the eye of a media storm ever since, with all the traditional narratives trotted out.

Rooney’s wife, Coleen, is “humiliated”, a word that has been used in pretty much every article featuring her ever since. She feels, according to media reports, like “the world is laughing at her”. Rooney has been “banished to the spare room” while his wife is being urgently advised by someone who has never met her that “millions of men” have done this and that her duty now is to help her husband be “better”. The media narratives are as dated as the tabloid language: silly men and stoical women. You can all but hear the sigh of pleasure when a saga emerges that can be squashed down into this prefabricated storyline, with all the apparently reassuring conservative ideas about gender and sexuality chucked in as a bonus.

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Ronald Koeman ‘very disappointed’ at Wayne Rooney over drink-driving charge

• Rooney will be ‘dealt with internally at the appropriate time’
• Everton manager says Rooney will face Tottenham on Saturday

Ronald Koeman has said he is “very disappointed” at Wayne Rooney’s over the 31-year-old’s drink-driving charge and that the player will be “dealt with internally at the appropriate time”.

However, Everton’s manager confirmed Rooney would play against Tottenham on Saturday.

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Wayne Rooney rules out England return for 2018 World Cup in Russia

• Former England captain says his ‘mind is made up’ over retirement
• Jordan Henderson to retain armband against Slovakia on Monday

Wayne Rooney has insisted that he will not be tempted out of international retirement for one more shot at World Cup glory in Russia next summer.

The former England captain called time on his international career in August, but Gareth Southgate had said there was a possibility he would invite Rooney to come out of retirement for the 2018 World Cup if England qualify.

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Brazil and Germany lined up for England’s tough World Cup preparations

• England plan to play Germany and Brazil at Wembley in November
• March friendlies against Italy and Holland also scheduled

England have begun their preparations for the World Cup by pencilling in a series of friendlies against Italy, Brazil and Germany, the three most successful nations in the history of the competition.

Related: Malta 0-4 England: five talking points from the 2018 World Cup qualifier

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Gareth Southgate: Wayne Rooney stood out even among golden generation

The England manager says the record goalscorer was on a par with Paul Scholes and Paul Gascoigne and was ahead of Gerrard, Beckham and others

Gareth Southgate laughs when the subject of a golden generation is jokingly raised. The England manager has just named a squad of 28 players from 15 different clubs, a far cry from some of his predecessors’ moans about a shrinking talent pool and a limited number of Premier League sides worth watching, yet even though he has been able to leave out a few deserving candidates Southgate knows that particular pressure is not one he need work under for a while.

The retirement of Wayne Rooney only serves to emphasise that what is past is now past and the future under Southgate can begin with a clean slate. “There is no basis for deluding ourselves,” he says. “Very few of these players have won anything with their clubs.

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Gareth Southgate may still turn to Wayne Rooney for 2018 World Cup

• Everton forward may be invited out of international retirement
• Players guilty of ‘hiding behind’ record goalscorer, says Southgate

Gareth Southgate has said there is still a possibility he might invite Wayne Rooney out of international retirement for the World Cup if the former Manchester United striker maintains his form for Everton this season and is open to the idea of playing for England in Russia next summer.

Southgate said he would not discount the idea, saying it would be “foolish” to eliminate Rooney from his thinking, but he also called on England’s other players to show they can prosper without the man who won 119 caps for his country. Some of those players, Southgate said, had been guilty of “hiding” behind England’s record scorer.

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The numbers are a glittering legacy of Wayne Rooney’s England career | Dominic Fifield

For all the impressive records, Rooney’s time in an England shirt will always be judged by the failure to repeat his jaw-dropping form from Euro 2004

There is an irony that Wayne Rooney, a player plenty, including the England manager, had considered surplus to requirements last season, has chosen to retire from international football just as the national team were wondering whether they might be in need of him again. Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley are in rehabilitation. Other forwards have yet to find form this term. Cue Gareth Southgate’s telephone call this week, the tone of which, Rooney implied, was that the former captain’s presence might be beneficial in the squad for the forthcoming qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

Related: Wayne Rooney retires from England duty after rejecting recall from Southgate

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Wayne Rooney retires from England duty as record goalscorer – video

Wayne Rooney has retired from international football. England’s all-time record scorer has featured at six tournaments, scoring four times at his first, Euro 2004, when he was just 18 years old. He’s also the most-capped outfield player with 119 appearances for his country, just six short of Peter Shilton’s record

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Ronald Koeman hints Everton’s red card was referee’s way of evening up

• Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola refuses to discuss Kyle Walker dismissal
• Wayne Rooney expects chat with Gareth Southgate about England return

Ronald Koeman suggested the referee, Bobby Madley, evened up his dismissal of Manchester City’s Kyle Walker by also showing Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin a red card in the 1-1 draw between the sides at the Etihad Stadium.

Related: Raheem Sterling draws comfort for 10-man Manchester City against Everton

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Leighton Baines says Wayne Rooney can help Everton end trophy drought

• Baines already impressed by Rooney’s contribution since signing
• Full-back warns it will be tough to close gap on top four

Leighton Baines believes Wayne Rooney will be a key influence on Everton’s pursuit of a first trophy since 1995 but that there remains a gap between the Premier League’s leading pack and Ronald Koeman’s expensively-assembled side.

Everton have spent almost £100m on seven additions to their senior ranks and Koeman still hopes to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, valued at £50m by Swansea City, a striker, plus a left-sided defender before the transfer deadline. Baines admits “it is an exciting time” to be an Everton player and supporter – both, in his case – and this season’s objective is to end the club’s 22-year trophy drought. But the left-back has cautioned Everton have a formidable challenge ahead with the majority of leading clubs investing heavily this summer.

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Manchester United ambassadorial role will remain open for Wayne Rooney

• Old Trafford post on offer after retirement despite player joining Everton
• Rooney is club’s record goalscorer and still viewed as an ideal ambassador

Wayne Rooney still has the offer of an ambassadorial role at Manchester United on retirement despite having left the club for Everton.

When signing his last agreement at Old Trafford in February 2014, Rooney expected to finish his playing career at United. The terms also included an ambassadorial position but the contractually binding nature of this ended when the player left for Goodison Park.

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Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

Even if Everton capture Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the big-spending Blues must still land a prolific striker after Romelu Lukaku’s departure

Everton’s spending will break the £150m barrier should they finally meet Swansea’s asking price for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the cost of challenging the Champions League clique is likely to rise higher. Not even the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park, with his throwback goal in Tanzania, deflects from the need to reconstruct Ronald Koeman’s attack following the exit of Romelu Lukaku. The finishing touches of an unprecedented spree could prove the most important.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

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Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Wayne Rooney revealed he is looking forward to the Merseyside derby more than going back to Old Trafford and also that he wants his England place back

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.

Related: Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

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Wayne Rooney: Everton is not a retirement home, I’m here to win

• Rooney desperate to play after losing regular place at Manchester United
• 31-year-old hopes to force way back into the England squad

Wayne Rooney said on Monday he did not view Everton as a “retirement home” but had returned to win trophies and with the ambition of forcing his way back into the England squad.

Rooney rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United on Sunday and the 31-year-old trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday.

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