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

Everton fans have been booing their prodigal son since his departure 13 years ago, but the old warmth should not be hard to reignite

The Goodison Park roof was not quite wrenched from its fittings when Wayne Rooney made his return to Everton colours, but perhaps it loosened enough to sow the seeds for what passed two years later. Rooney had felt some apprehension before donning the kit for Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial in August 2015, aware that his presence had hardly been greeted with universal joy on those annual visits with Manchester United; when it came around, though, the applause was warm and the chants from the Gwladys Street Stand were lusty enough. If nothing else it suggested that, on both sides, the old feelings might not be so difficult to reawaken.

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