The Manchester United striker rose to prominence with the Toffees as a promising striker and is set to play for them in a testimonial match for Duncan Ferguson
He may have become a global star during his time at Old Trafford, but the England international still has a soft spot for Everton where he made his Premier League debut under the tutelage of David Moyes. And although he is not given that much of respect when he plays against his former club at the Goodison Park, the striker is very keen on playing for them again in a testimonial match for the club’s former player, Duncan Ferguson.
“As a young lad growing up in Croxteth, Duncan Ferguson was a hero of mine. As a young player at the club, he was an inspiration and, when I broke into the first team, he helped and looked after me,” Rooney told Everton’s official website.
“I cannot think of a better way to thank Dunc for all he did for me than turning out in his fully deserved testimonial match. Had he not asked me to play, I would have gone and supported him on the day as I am sure most other Evertonians will.”
Ferguson is a cult figure at Everton, having scored 72 goals in 191 appearances across two spells at the club, and the Scot spoke of his appreciation that Rooney has agreed to feature in the match.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the wee man has agreed to play in the game,” Ferguson enthused. “Everybody knows that we go way back. I knew him as a kid, he’s a top man and I’m proud as his friend that he’s fulfilled the potential we always knew was there.
“Wayne’s a world-class player and I’m genuinely thrilled that he will play on the day.”