The boyhood Blue, who turned out in Everton colours in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial last summer, has chosen his former club as the opposition for the fixture that will take place a week before the 2016-17 season kicks off.
The Daily Mail suggests that Roberto Martinez had to be persuaded to agree to the game in light of his reluctance to play United so close to the start of the new campaign.
The profits from the match will go to Rooney's four chosen charities, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, the Claire House Hospice, Manchester United Football Club Foundation and the NSPCC.
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1 Posted 28/01/2016 at 23:55:53
2 Posted 28/01/2016 at 23:57:52
4 Posted 29/01/2016 at 01:18:20
Unless Everton organise a midweek game prior to the start of the 2017 campaign it will be the first time in ages that Everton haven't approached the new season without a dress rehearsal at Goodison which has become a bit of a tradition in recent years.
5 Posted 29/01/2016 at 05:46:52
Boy wonder returns home I've always followed his career and only watched England when he played.
You can not take away that he was born a blue. Even in his documentary he neither wore the red of Man Utd or our famous royal blue. He opted to wear a England shirt.
I'm happy for him to return.
6 Posted 29/01/2016 at 05:49:42
7 Posted 29/01/2016 at 06:20:33
8 Posted 29/01/2016 at 07:43:52
9 Posted 29/01/2016 at 07:48:23
10 Posted 29/01/2016 at 07:57:18
11 Posted 29/01/2016 at 08:14:14
12 Posted 29/01/2016 at 08:24:13
But, saying that... we've got Kone.
14 Posted 29/01/2016 at 11:44:34
15 Posted 29/01/2016 at 12:20:48
Most delusional man in the world, he must go!
16 Posted 29/01/2016 at 12:41:29
17 Posted 29/01/2016 at 13:17:25
18 Posted 29/01/2016 at 13:46:56
Yeah, we are really likely to afford to pay him £300,000 a week.
19 Posted 29/01/2016 at 14:14:32
20 Posted 29/01/2016 at 14:34:08
I've never held a grudge against the lad, despite that silly badge kissing incident. He was, is, and always will be a blue!
21 Posted 29/01/2016 at 14:36:02
Don't want him back now he is old and useless thanks very much. Shouldn't be allowed to buy a shirt from the club shop. Yet another example of Evertonians being treated like mugs.
I couldn't believe the day trippers who applauded him at Goodison. At best he should be ignored.
22 Posted 29/01/2016 at 15:10:54
23 Posted 29/01/2016 at 15:35:37
24 Posted 29/01/2016 at 15:58:13
I hope Rooney has the decency to give all profits to charity, then of course he can claim them on his tax form.
25 Posted 29/01/2016 at 16:15:35
For me, it's a big NO. Yeah, let him have his testimonial but never forget his priorities lay elsewhere. Could you even imagine the rs entertaining a Michael Owen testimonial against Man Utd. No chance. They wouldn't turn up.
The more worrying thing for me is Martinez has even had an input in this. The Championship starts that same weekend and a record of 1 win in 10 in the Premier League suggests we are far from safe.
26 Posted 29/01/2016 at 16:23:27
He would have achieved fuck all had he stayed here. History also proves that too.
Are you one of our so-called fans slagging off the current players like Stones, Kone or Howard.
Remember we used to be called supporters, so support anyone who plays for us or wants to play for us.
27 Posted 29/01/2016 at 17:53:32
Maybe Kev is referring to the Fair Play League spot. It might be the only advantage to being too nice and non-confrontational is that we are up there in the running for the fair play slot. We may have to bench players however if the card count starts getting too high. Is there some sort of factor for being screwed over by referees that gets added? If so, Everton wins the slot for sure, with apologies to Chelsea and Man City.
I am not sure why Rooney is slated for leaving to play elsewhere for higher wages and chancers to win things? I am sure many would give Stones a royal send-off when he goes to do the exact same thing.
28 Posted 29/01/2016 at 18:11:11
29 Posted 29/01/2016 at 18:34:26
30 Posted 30/01/2016 at 00:42:50
31 Posted 30/01/2016 at 04:58:52
If he wants sainthood delve into his reputed 90 million pound fortune to do it. But why do that when you can just fuck Joe Public again.
Anyone who goes to this fiasco has more money than sense.
32 Posted 30/01/2016 at 09:16:44
I applauded Wayne Rooney at the testimonial so please do not generalise in your comments and try to be sarcastic to people who do not hold your view. I forgave Dave Hickson for going to LFC... eventually!
33 Posted 30/01/2016 at 15:05:05
I too am a season ticket holder in the Lower Gwladys, although admittedly not since 1948. It baffles me to hear you compare the late great Dave Hickson to Rooney.
Whilst being far too young to have seen him play, I was fortunate enough to have met Mr Hickson a number of times when I had a Saturday job at Goodison for 5 years (I couldn't afford a season ticket). He was sold by Everton not once but twice and ended up at (2nd tier I believe) Liverpool as a definite step down. He didn't choose them over us and never would have done so.
As for me being sarcastic to those that pathetically pine after Rooney like the girlfriend who dumped you 10 years ago for a better offer how would you prefer for me to express my contempt? I may come across as an angry young man but, on this subject, that's exactly what I am.
34 Posted 30/01/2016 at 15:19:26
35 Posted 30/01/2016 at 15:21:04
36 Posted 30/01/2016 at 16:20:02
37 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:06:31
38 Posted 31/01/2016 at 23:12:41
39 Posted 01/02/2016 at 03:28:54
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