Rooney Set For One-Off England Appearance

 Wayne Rooney of DC United reacts in the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps during his MLS debut at Audi Field in Washington, DC. A “hell of a run” for Wayne Rooney and his Major League Soccer team in Washington ended in a heartbreaking shootout late on November 1, 2018, at the end of the record-holding England goal scorer’s first season based on foreign soil.
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Wayne Rooney is in line to come out of England retirement for a one-off appearance against the United States in an international friendly at Wembley later this month, Britain’s Sun tabloid reported.

Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international football for nearly two years.

But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington, is set to wear the Three Lions shirt once again for the Wembley fixture on November 15.

It has also been reported that the match will raise money for Rooney’s charitable foundation.

An official announcement by the Football Association, England’s governing body, confirming Rooney’s recall is expected in the next few days

Former Everton and United forward Rooney scored 53 goals for England prior to announcing his retirement from international football in August 2017.

He has scored 12 times for DC United since he joined them after the end of the last English season, following a second spell at boyhood club Everton, and helped them climb from the bottom of the league ladder to the playoffs.

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Rooney Scores Twice As United Breeze Past Impact

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Former England captain Wayne Rooney scored two goals and had an assist as D.C. United gave their playoff push a boost with a 5-0 rout of the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Luciano Acosta finished with a goal and three assists and Paul Arriola added two goals for United who moved a step closer to the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

United are now in firm control of their destiny after coming into the game five points behind Montreal with two games in hand.

“I think the last few weeks we’ve been building momentum at the right time,” Rooney said. “We’ve put ourselves in a great position and we knew we didn’t want to let all the hard work slip tonight.”

The Impact now have to win their final three games to hold on to their postseason berth.

Rooney got his first goal in the 48th minute on a nifty move while going one-on-one with an Impact defender to make it 2-0 in front of 20,500 fans at Audi Field in Washington.

Arriola scored again to make it 3-0 at the 61-minute mark on a dynamic passing play.

Rooney made a no-look pass to Acosta who slid the ball over to Arriola, who got a foot on it before crashing into the back of the Montreal goal.

The United players mobbed Arriola and celebrated inside the goal while the Impact netminder Evan Bush dejectedly looked the other way.

Rooney capped the scoring in the 81st minute with an empty-netter from 40 yards out.

“It’s obviously great to score five goals,” he said. “It’s very important because it gives us more confidence and especially it’s great tonight to have so many attacking players score goals.

“It gives you confidence and when you do that on a regular basis, you finish teams off.”

Elsewhere, Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals to increase his season total to 20 as the Los Angeles Galaxy shut out the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0.

The 36-year-old Ibrahimovic extended his scoring streak to three games and now has five goals in the past five games in his first MLS season.

First place FC Dallas clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference by playing to a 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers.

Rooney Scores First DC United Goal Before Breaking Nose

Wayne Rooney                                                                                                                        Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Former England captain Wayne Rooney grabbed his first goal for DC United but also suffered a broken nose in a 2-1 victory over Colorado Rapids in the MLS.

Rooney, 32, scored the opening goal against ex-Manchester United team-mate Tim Howard but was left bloodied after a clash of heads with Colorado defender Axel Sjoberg in stoppage time.

“Delighted to score my first goal for DC United,” Rooney tweeted after his team won for just the fourth time in 18 matches this season. Two of those victories have come since Rooney made his debut on July 14.

The striker, England’s all-time record goalscorer, said he required five stitches after breaking his nose in the collision with Sjoberg.

Rooney, who played for boyhood club Everton last season following his return from Old Trafford, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with DC United worth $13 million earlier this month.

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Everton Confirm Rooney To Join DC United

In this file photo taken on March 17, 2018 Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney warms up before the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. PHOTO: Roland Harrison / AFP

 

England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is to leave Everton for a move to North American team DC United, the US club and the English Premier League outfit announced Thursday.

“Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS (Major League Soccer) side DC United on a permanent transfer,” said a club statement.

“Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three-and-a-half years with DC United.”

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Rooney Visits DC United For Talks About MLS Transfer

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English football star Wayne Rooney has arrived in Washington for talks with DC United about the Everton striker joining the Major League Soccer side this season.

Rooney’s spokesman confirmed the star footballer’s arrival in the US capital, with the Washington Post saying Rooney cut short a family vacation in Barbados and flew to Washington from Miami.

Everton has given permission for Rooney, 32, to speak with United but the US club must still make a deal and agree upon transfer terms with the English Premier League club.

Everton have not commented.

United, 2-5 with two drawn this season, ranks at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference but is spending most of the early season on the road ahead of the July 14 opening of a new home stadium that comes four days after a transfer window opens that could bring Rooney and his drawing power to Washington.

United would have 20 matches remaining in the season, 15 at home after Rooney arrives should he come in the July window.

Rooney rejoined the Toffees last year after 13 seasons with Manchester United. Rooney scored 11 goals this past season, including a hat trick last November against West Ham.

Rooney was set to tour Washington on Thursday with United executives and visit the new stadium, sources told the Post, with another likely stop the site of United’s proposed training center in nearby Northern Virginia.

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Rooney Strikes ‘Deal In Principle’ In MLS Move

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney                                                                       Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Wayne Rooney has agreed a “deal in principle” to join Major League Soccer side DC United from Premier League club Everton, reports said Thursday.

It has been suggested a £12.5 million ($17 million) deal has been agreed that could see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood club just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

Reports say Rooney has been offered a contract until the end of the 2020 season, although the MLS transfer window does not open until July.

DC United are currently rock-bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table with five points from seven games.

Earlier this week, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said he wanted England’s and Manchester United’s record goalscorer to see out the final year of his contract next season.

“There have been rumours about Wayne going abroad, China or America. It would have to be massive for him to want leave Everton,” the Toffees boss told talkSPORT.

Allardyce and Rooney have had their differences and the player’s show of dissent when substituted in April’s Merseyside derby resulted in clear-the-air talks between the pair.

Rooney, who first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton, is the club’s top scorer this season with 11 goals but he has not scored since December 18.

Allardyce has played him in a midfield role in the second half of the season in an attempt to inject some creativity into the team but that has impacted on the player’s personal form and led to growing frustration.

Neither Everton nor Rooney’s agents were available for comment, while sources at DC United said they did not comment on player speculation.

The former England captain left United last year on a free transfer following 13 trophy-laden years after becoming a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho.

He talked about how he wanted to play a part in Everton winning silverware after a long trophy drought, dating back to their 1995 FA Cup win.

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Rooney Chose Everton ‘Pressure’ Over China Payday

FILE PHOTO Wayne Rooney

 

Wayne Rooney says he chose the “pressure” of returning to boyhood club Everton over a massive payday in China when he left Manchester United.

The former England captain was linked with a move to the Far East in the final months of his career at Old Trafford but eventually decided on an emotional homecoming 13 years after leaving Goodison Park.

Rooney, 32, told the BBC’s Football Focus programme he decided against seeing out his career “earning a lot of money” overseas.

“That’s not me, I need those goals, I need that pressure. That desire to play would have been lost if I’d chosen that other option,” he said.

“I knew that coming back to Everton was more pressure — that’s what I wanted.

“I wanted to prove myself again to the Everton fans and to try to help this club move forward and win silverware. I think it was the perfect fit for me and hopefully, in the next two or three years we can do that.”

Last month manager Sam Allardyce suggested he could not play Rooney and £45 million ($63 million, 51 million euros) summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson in the same side.

That led to Rooney spending a couple of matches on the bench but the past two games he has started, in a deeper role, resulted in the club’s only two wins in the past 10 fixtures and it now seems Allardyce is open to the options he can offer.

“The one thing which stays is my attitude to playing, my attitude to win, but of course you change and adapt your game and that’s what I feel I’ve done over the last few years,” Rooney said.

“Two years ago, I thought my best position to play was midfield, and that’s starting to happen now.”

Rooney played 559 times for United, becoming their all-time leading goalscorer with 253 goals, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

He said he has followed the example of former United team-mate Ryan Giggs, who retired from playing at 40.

“I’ve learnt that you can manage yourself in training like Ryan did,” he said. “He was there in every session but he managed it. You know when to run, when to make a 50-yard sprint and when not to. It’s just having that awareness about yourself.

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Rooney’s Penalty Earns Everton Draw With Liverpool

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney (R) scores an equalising goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP

Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in a Merseyside derby as his late penalty earned Everton a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool had taken the lead in the 229th meeting of the old rivals when Mohamed Salah spectacularly curled a shot home just before half-time, but the Reds were unable to find a killer second goal at Anfield.

Everton kept their discipline and refused to wilt and were awarded a spot-kick after Dejan Lovren barged over Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Rooney, who rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United in July, showed no nerves as he equalised with 13 minutes left.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made six changes from the side which thrashed Spartak Moscow 7-0, including the surprise decision to leave Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench.

Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were selected ahead of the Brazilian duo while Andrew Robertson replaced Alberto Moreno at left-back.

The start was typical of a Merseyside derby; feisty tackles, misplaced passes, no chances taken with clearances booted into row Z if required.

Liverpool looked to show the early attacking intent, with Salah and Sadio Mane on the ball frequently with an eagerness to run at Everton’s defence.

After 15 minutes the game settled, Liverpool monopolising possession with Everton’s two banks of four happy to sit deep and seek to frustrate the home side.

Liverpool carved out an opening just before the half-hour mark when Mane received the ball on the byline and cut it back for Solanke inside the box, but under pressure from Tom Davies the striker scuffed his effort.

Everton fought hard, with Rooney using his strength to shoulder James Milner to the ground to the approval of the visiting supporters.

Gylfi Sigurdsson took things a little too far and received the first booking of the contest for a late challenge which caught the ankle of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson while Idrissa Gueye was also shown yellow for a tackle from behind on Mane.

The first goal arrived three minutes before half-time with the influential Salah, Liverpool’s most effective attacking player in the first half, the source.

– Sublime finish –

Salah was fed the ball by defender Joe Gomez on right flank, shrugged Cuco Martina easily to the ground and cut inside on his left foot. The Egypt international dropped a shoulder to move past Gueye and then curled a sublime finish into the top corner with Jordan Pickford grasping at thin air.

Liverpool should have been two goals ahead by the break when Mane stole possession and found himself through on goal.

However, the Senegal forward dragged his shot wide when he could have given passed for a tap in.

Allardyce introduced Aaron Lennon and Morgan Schneiderlin at half-time with Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies making way.

Liverpool remained the likelier to score. From Milner’s cross early in the second half, Salah headed wide with the goal at his mercy. Then, Mane had the Kop on its feet with an acrobatic effort, but Pickford was well stationed to save comfortably.

The hosts went close again in the hour when Salah’s curling free-kick picked out Gomez who glanced a header just over the crossbar.

Liverpool’s frustration was punished when Everton were awarded a penalty with 15 minutes left after Lovren needlessly shoved Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the ground.

Rooney stepped and as Simon Mignolet dived, emphatically dispatched spot kick into the middle of the net.

Coutinho was introduced shortly afterwards and he tested the reflexes of Pickford with a free-kick but the Toffees held on.

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Rooney Strike Joins Great Premier League Long Shots

Everton’s striker Wayne Rooney. Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP

Wayne Rooney delighted Goodison Park with a goal from inside his own half against West Ham United, sealing his first Everton hat-trick as they romped to a 4-0 victory.

Asked if he had ever scored a better goal, Rooney said: “I don’t think so.

“It’s one of — if not the — best goals I’ve scored. I hit it as well as I’ve ever kicked a football. To make it my first hat-trick for Everton, I’m delighted.”

The spectacular strike on Wednesday has sparked debate about which is the best long-distance goal in Premier League history.

AFP Sport looks at some of the other contenders:

Wayne Rooney v West Ham United, March 2014

Rooney’s mesmerising strike against West Ham was not his first goal from a stupendous distance. It was not even the first goal of its type he has scored against West Ham. Rooney, then a Manchester United player under current Hammers manager David Moyes, won the ball on the halfway line before unleashing a looping shot that flew over the head of despairing goalkeeper Adrian. United legend David Beckham, who had scored a similar goal nearly two decades earlier, was in the crowd at Upton Park to witness the goal.

David Beckham v Wimbledon, August 1996

Beckham’s goal for Manchester United against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park made everybody sit up and take notice. The shy, quietly spoken 21-year-old sent his profile soaring when he took aim from just inside his own half before chipping Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan. The ball was perfectly weighted, brushing the back of the net without a single bounce, and Beckham, who was mobbed by his team-mates, never looked back.

Maynor Figueroa v Stoke City, December 2009

Figueroa’s strike may not have propelled him into the sporting stratosphere like Beckham’s did, but his goal for unfashionable Wigan Athletic against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium was just as memorable. Wigan won a free-kick a couple of yards inside their own half and as both teams shuffled back into position, the quick-thinking Figueroa came darting towards the stationary ball. The Honduran then rifled it with his left foot over the scrambling Thomas Sorensen and into the corner of the net for one of the Premier League’s greatest goals.

Charlie Adam v Chelsea, April 2015

Adam’s talent for striking the ball is well known, but his effort at Stamford Bridge was extraordinary. Chelsea’s attack had broken down and as Stoke countered, Adam received possession midway inside his own half. The midfielder took a touch so that when he unleashed his shot the ball was just short of the tip of the centre circle. It soared over Thibaut Courtois, who tried to palm the ball away, but could not keep it out.

Xabi Alonso v Newcastle United, September 2006

Alonso had already scored from the halfway line nine months earlier against Luton Town in the FA Cup and the Spaniard showed his technical excellence once more against Newcastle at Anfield. Charles N’Zogbia lost possession and Alonso looked left and right to start a counter-attack. With no obvious options for a pass, he instead drilled a shot from inside his own half and while goalkeeper Steve Harper slipped as he rushed back, even on his feet he might not have stopped such a supreme effort.

Luis Suarez v Norwich City, April 2012

Suarez’s lob against Norwich came around 10 yards into his opponents’ half, but it was no less impressive. The Uruguayan bustled past Elliott Ward on the halfway line and scampered forwards before driving the ball perfectly beyond John Ruddy and into the Norwich net. Like Rooney’s latest strike against West Ham, the goal completed Suarez’s hat-trick at Carrow Road and in the most spectacular fashion.

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Banned Rooney Gets Lift To Training

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney (R) leaves after attending Stockport Magsitrates Court in Stockport, north-west England on September 18, 2017.Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP

Everton striker, Wayne Rooney was given a lift to training on Tuesday after he was banned for two years for drink-driving.

The 31-year-old was disqualified from the roads for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order by a judge on Monday after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Rooney, wearing a black baseball cap, arrived at the club’s Finch Farm training complex in the passenger seat of a black Range Rover to prepare for the club’s League Cup tie at home to Sunderland on Wednesday.

The former England captain issued a statement following his court appearance in which he apologised for his “unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong”.

Stockport Magistrates’ Court in northwest England heard Rooney was almost three times over the legal limit when he was stopped driving a Volkswagen Beetle on September 1.

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Football Transfers: 10 Major Signings So Far

It has been an amazing transfer window ahead of the 2017/18 season, as various European clubs signed a quite number of players to boost their fortunes.

Football Transfers: 10 Major Signings So Far

Here, Channels Television has compiled a list of 10 major deals in “no order of importance,”  involving some distinguished footballers.

Wayne Rooney – Manchester United To Everton (Free Transfer)

Rooney Aims To Bring Trophies To Everton
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On Sunday, July 2017 Manchester United and former England captain, Wayne Rooney, rejoined his boyhood favourites Everton on a two-year deal.

Rooney, who also wears the number 10 shirt at Everton, has played more than 550 games for Manchester United, scoring 253 goals to become their all-time leading scorer.

At United, he won the Champions League, five English Premier League titles and the FA Cup. He was also the Footballer of the Year in 2010.

John Terry – Chelsea To Aston Villa (Free Transfer)

John Terry Named Aston Villa Captain
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The former Chelsea and England captain John Terry signed a one-year contract with Championship club Aston Villa on a free transfer.

He was confirmed as the club’s captain for the 2017/18 season 12 days after he joined the club.

Terry led Chelsea to five Premier League victories as well as four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League title triumphs since 2004.

He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender.

Romelu Lukaku – Everton To Manchester United (Undisclosed Fee)

Lukaku Joins Manchester United From Everton
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Lukaku penned a five-year contract with Manchester United with the option of a further year earlier in July.

Although his transfer fee was officially undisclosed, it was reported to be worth an initial £75 million, plus £15 million in add-ons.

Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon To Arsenal (€53 million)

Photo: Arsenal.com

Lacazette signed a five-year deal for Arsenal, a deal that surpassed the €50m which the Gunners paid to sign Germany’s Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.

Lacazette previously played as a winger for Lyon, before becoming a striker. In his overall style of play, the 26-year-old has been compared to former Arsenal striker Lan Wright by fellow Frenchman Gerard Houllier.

Kyle Walker – Tottenham Hotspur To Manchester City (£50 million)

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Walker signed a five-year deal with Manchester City, one of his former club Tottenham rivals.

The fee for the 27-year-old made him the world’s joint most expensive defender along with David Luiz who left Chelsea for PSG in 2014.

Bonucci – Juventus To AC Milan (€42 Million)

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Leonardo Bonucci left Juventus for AC Milan after his long-term relationship with Coach Massimiliano Allegri reportedly deteriorated.

The 30-year-old centre-back was said to have joined Juve’s rivals for €42 million move on a five-year contract.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – Monaco To Chelsea (£40 million)

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On 15 July 2017, Bakayoko joined English side Chelsea on a five-year deal for a fee around the margin of £40 million.

Bakayoko who plays as a defensive midfielder, breaking up attacks and making driving forward runs, is Chelsea’s second major summer signing after they brought in defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma.

Mohamed Salah – Roma To Liverpool (£36.9 million)

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Salah, 25, has been a long-term target, with Liverpool missing out on his signature three years ago when he joined Chelsea before embarking on an underwhelming spell in the Premier League.

The fee was a club record, eclipsing the £35m spent on Andy Carroll in 2011.

Pepe – Real Madrid To Besiktas (Free Transfer)

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Pepe proceeded to Besiktas on a free transfer on July 4 after playing with European Champions Real Madrid for 10 years.

He is expected to earn €9.5 million in total during the two-year contract, plus €4,000 for each match.

The 34-year-old defender joined Real from Porto in 2007 for 30 million euros, winning the La Liga title in his first campaign.

James Rodriguez – Real Madrid To Bayern Munich (Loan)

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On 11 July 2017, it was announced that James was loaned to German side Bayern Munich on a two-year long deal.

The 25-year-old Colombia international made 22 La Liga appearances for the European and Spanish champions last season, scoring eight goals and featured six times in the Champions League.

James is a versatile footballer who can play in several positions across the midfield or front line.

Wayne Rooney Inspires Everton To Victory

Wayne Rooney on Thursday scored a stunner to help Everton win their international friendly on African soil against Kenyan league leaders Gor Mahia.

Gor earned the right to face the nine-time English champions on their first ever tour to East Africa after winning the inaugural edition of the eight-team knockout Super Cup tournament on June 11 when they defeated arch-rivals AFC Leopards SC 3-0 in the final.

Blues fans and those of Gor trooped to the stadium with the hope of seeing several of their new Everton signings including Wayne Rooney as Ronald Koeman put his team through their paces.

At the post match news conference when asked about Rooney, Everton coach Koeman said the striker is still one of the best players in his position and that he was hoping Rooney would bring a winning mentality to the team.

“Yes, he is still one of the best players in his position, I think he’s also a winner. He knows how to win titles, that’s what we want. I think it’s a great experience for the young boys in Everton to play alongside Wayne and we spoke about how we need more productivity for the strikers and he showed today, after a difficult start in the game.

“By his quality, he scored a goal and that’s what we need and then he had a great performance. This is still that player who will make the team better and if we keep his fitness, if we can improve his fitness like everybody, then he is really a key player for Everton,” Koeman said.

Rooney scored his side’s first goal as the English club won the game 2-1.