Wayne Rooney to return to Everton for Duncan Ferguson's testimonial

Over 10 years after leaving Goodison Park in acrimonious circumstances, the Manchester United captain could yet don the blue of his boyhood side once more.

Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is set to return to wearing the blue of Everton for one game only, after agreeing to take part in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial match with Villarreal on August 2, say the club's website.

The game will be one week before the start of the Premier League season, but Rooney, who was a boyhood Everton fan and went on to come up through the Toffees' youth teams before his big money move to United, revealed on his Facebook page that he is set to be involved.

Below is his message in full:

My big mate Duncan Ferguson has announced his testimonial match against Villarreal at 3pm on August 2nd at Goodison and...

Posted by Wayne Rooney on Monday, 20 July 2015

Rooney has drawn the ire of fans at Goodison Park at times since leaving as a 18-year-old in 2004, and he fanned those flames in both 2005 and 2008 when he kissed the United badge in a match at his old ground.

But privately he is said to have retained a deep affection for the club, something that is proved as he freely refers to himself as an Evertonian in his statement confirming his involvement, while he has also dressed his son Kai up in the Everton kit in the past.

Ferguson himself was delighted that Rooney had agreed to take part in the match, telling the Everton website that he was a world-class player. 

“I'm absolutely delighted that the wee man has agreed to play in the game," the Scot said.

"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, just as I'm so grateful to the Club for putting on this game."

Rooney only spent two years in the Everton first team after breaking through as a prodigiously talented 16-year-old, but both of those seasons he featured alongside powerful target man Ferguson, who spent ten and a half years at the club over two separate spells and is now a first-team coach at Goodison. 

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