Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Rooney ready for 'emotional' European debut with Everton

Wayne Rooney GETTYWayne Rooney is looking forward to fulfilling a lifelong dream by playing in Europe for Everton
Rita Gibson | 28 July, 2017, 05:55

Although Wayne Rooney's performance wasn't exactly the stuff of nightmares, he didn't contribute a whole lot to Everton's drab 1-0 win over Ruzomberok in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The former Manchester United player made his first competitive appearance for the Toffees in 14 years in Thursday's Europa League third qualifying round game against Ruzomberok.

When Rooney came deep in search of the ball he surrendered possession on a couple of occasions, one of which led to a shot from Dalibor Takac that rolled only a foot or two wide.

New-look Everton's latest European campaign got off to only a stuttering start, though at least Leighton Baines's second-half goal gives them a slender advantage to try to hold on to in Slovakia next week.

'You always get that feeling when you're walking out the tunnel so to actually do it again in an Everton shirt will be a special moment for me'.

"The first game back will be an emotional day for me", he related.

Humidity continues, storms Friday, great weekend!
Other than an isolated shower or thunderstorm, it is a warm and muggy night with lows in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. Much nicer weather is in store to start the week with mostly sunny skies on Monday and highs in the low to mid 80s.

"We know we can play better than we did but we got the goal and the clean sheet". It's great that we got so many players in early as we've been able to work together for almost a month before the first game, get to know each other and how everyone plays.

"Now I can get down more to focusing on the football over the coming weeks".

While most clubs are still playing their way through pre-season friendlies in all four corners of the globe, Ronald Koeman's side start their season on Thursday night. I am really confident that we can bring in a good one to make us better'.

Ronald Koeman is pleased with Everton's narrow Europa League win over Ruzemberok.

But the door is open for him to return if he plays regularly for Everton.

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