Everton coach Ronald Koeman said that he was “very disappointed” by the drink-driving charges against Wayne Rooney last week, but intends to use his striker against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.
“I like to have discipline in my team, on the pitch and off the pitch,” the Dutchman said. “I am very disappointed by this situation regarding Wayne. We spoke on Tuesday and the chairman, Bill Kenwright, has also spoken to Wayne about it.”
“In line with any disciplinary matter this will be dealt with internally at an appropriate time and that is all I have to say about the case. He will play this Saturday. If I see that Wayne is not in a physical or mental condition to play, then he won’t play.”
Rooney, 31, is is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on 18 September, a day after he is expected to make his first return to Manchester United since rejoining Everton this summer.
Koeman was also pleased with the other transfer business that Everton has conducted in the summer window with the recruitment of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Nikola Vlasic as well as Rooney, although he did not deny his disappointment at not being able to bring in a new striker as a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Thus far in the season Rooney has scored two goals and provided one assist in seven games for the Toffees so far this season.
England manager Gareth Southgate had offer him a place in the international squad for games against Malta and Slovakia, but Rooney, who scored 53 times in 119 games for his country, decided to take the opportunity to end his international career instead.
Everton 0 — 2 Tottenham