Rooney set for Everton as Southgate sends warning

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Wayne Rooney is expected to go back to Everton, and the move won’t come a moment too soon when it comes to his international future.

The Independent reported Tuesday that sources close to both club think a move will happen this summer, with Manchester United possibly waiving a transfer fee and Rooney taking a big pay cut to facilitate the move.

It comes on the same day that England coach Gareth Southgate answered a question on Rooney’s future by saying his players need to feature regularly on the big stage for their clubs, and that the nation’s all-time scorer is not immune.

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In a week in which Jermain Defoe admitted his move to Toronto cost him time with the national team, this is not great news for fans hoping Rooney chooses MLS over Everton, West Ham, and any other European suitor.

Here’s Southgate, from Sky Sports:

“Whether it is young players in our system or senior players in our system, the desire is to see English players playing regularly in the biggest possible matches.

“The more players that you have available to select, that are playing in games that matter, games for teams that are pushing for the title, games that are cup finals, latter stages of the Champions League, the latter stages of the Europa League, there the games you want your players involved in.”

Rooney is not with England due to injury. We don’t know how long the 31-year-old plans on playing internationally, but it seems more and more likely Everton will be the next spot for him. It’ll be good to see him playing more regularly, for sure.