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With Rooney’s experience he should be dropping deeper, says Allardyce

• Everton manager also wants striker to get into the box more• Wayne Rooney has not scored since 18 DecemberSam Allardyce has told Wayne Rooney to increase his presence in the opposition penalty area following clear-the-air talks this week with the for…

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Sam Allardyce tells Wayne Rooney to keep frustrations behind closed doors

• Everton manager unhappy with his reaction to being substituted• ‘He can say whatever he wants to me in the office’Sam Allardyce has told Wayne Rooney to vent his frustrations within the confines of the Everton manager’s office after reacting furiousl…

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Wayne Rooney’s Sky Sports showing proved he is more than a stereotype

Eyebrows were raised when Rooney agreed to appear on Monday Night Football but his impressive display showed that he, and footballers in general, are brighter than many suggestIn fairness to Frank Lampard, he called it ages ago. A little over seven yea…

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Allardyce: Everton cannot play Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson together

• Everton manager says pair are too slow to accommodate both• ‘They are very talented but covering ground is not their strength’Sam Allardyce has admitted that Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson cannot both be accommodated in his Everton team because of…

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Surely it is time to cut a resurgent Wayne Rooney some slack | Paul Wilson

Many thought the former Manchester United player was finished when he rejoined Everton but the 32-year-old’s position among the Premier League’s top scorers – while not really playing as a striker – proves otherwiseFourteen-goal Mohamed Salah may be th…

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Sam Allardyce backs Wayne Rooney to prolong his career in a deeper role

• Everton manager wants to use 32-year-old’s guile and experience• ‘He’s not a frontline player now. We both accept that’Sam Allardyce is convinced Wayne Rooney’s future lies in a deeper role but the Everton manager believes England’s record goalscorer…

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Sam Allardyce dismisses Anfield fear factor: ‘We’ve got Wayne Rooney’

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999 but their manager believes 32-year-old forward can be crucial to their hopes of ending their dire run of derby formAnfield has become a place of foreboding for Evertonians irrespective of their team’s startlin…

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Was Wayne Rooney’s halfway line goal the best in Premier League history?

The Everton forward has joined an exclusive club of players to have scored from inside his own half. But where does it rank compared to David Beckham, Charlie Adam and the rest?David Beckham, Paul Robinson, Tim Howard, Charlie Adam, Maynor Figueroa and…

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Wayne Rooney admits Everton wonder goal ‘might be my best ever’

• Captain scores superb goal from halfway line in 4-0 rout of West Ham • Victory moves side up to 13th place as David Unsworth departs on high noteSam Allardyce was a privileged spectator at Goodison as Wayne Rooney rolled back the years with a wonderf…

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Wayne Rooney’s goal for Everton v Arsenal in 2002: ‘He was a flippin’ Roy of the Rovers’

It is 15 years to the day since Wayne Rooney introduced himself to the wider world and, in a new book, we hear from the people who saw him come throughDavid Moyes’s early period at Everton was helped by the emergence of the club’s most outstanding yout…

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Ronald Koeman says Everton are ‘scared to play football’ after Euro flop

• Apollon Limassol hit back to draw with 10 men
• Everton record worst-ever Europa start by English team

Ronald Koeman delivered a scathing assessment of Everton’s Europa League draw against Apollon Limassol as he accused his team of being scared to play football and being “in a difficult situation”.

Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after Héctor Yuste, who gifted Wayne Rooney a first-half goal, headed in an 88th-minute equaliser for a visiting team reduced to 10 men moments earlier. A point at home to the lowest-ranked team in Group E, following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat away at Atalanta in the opening game, means Everton have made the worst ever start to a Europa League group campaign by an English team. And despite starting without pace and a recognised wide-man in a 4-4-2 formation, Koeman again blamed a lack of confidence for Everton’s latest ponderous performance.

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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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