Rooney ready for ‘emo­tional’ Euro­pean de­but with Ever­ton

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Wayne Rooney says he can't wait to ful­fil his child­hood dream of play­ing for Ever­ton in Europe in Thurs­day's Europa League tie against MFK Ru­zomberok.

Rooney won the Cham­pi­ons League and Europa League dur­ing his tro­phy-filled spell with Man­ches­ter United, but the visit of Slo­vakian side Ru­zomberok to Good­i­son Park will still rank as one of the more mem­o­rable mo­ments of the 31 year old's glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

Rooney, who left Ever­ton to join United in 2004, is a life-long fan of the Mersey­side club and his move back to Good­i­son Park ear­lier in the close-sea­son will al­low him to live out his am­bi­tion of wear­ing the Tof­fees' blue shirt in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion.

It may only be a Europa League third-round qual­i­fier, but Rooney is rel­ish­ing his first com­pet­i­tive home match as an Ever­ton player for 13 years.

"Some­thing I al­ways wanted to do was play in Europe with Ever- ton," Rooney said. "I was a bit dis­ap­pointed not to do that be­fore but now I'll have a chance. Ob­vi­ously I won the tro­phy last year so I'm hop­ing as a club we can go far and, you never know, try to win it. It would be even bet­ter.

"The first game back will be an emo­tional day for me and I'm look­ing for­ward to it. Over­all, I'm look­ing for­ward to the sea­son, hope­fully get­ting back play­ing reg­u­larly and try­ing to help this club move for­ward."

Rooney last ap­pear­ance on his 'home' ground for Ever­ton was against Bolton in May 2004.

Wayne Rooney

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