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Koeman: Mourinho claim of Everton top-four finish ‘unrealistic’

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman says that his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho’s claims that the Merseyside club should be aiming for “at least” the top four this season is unrealistic.

Mourinho made the claim before his side completed a 4-0 win that Everton should be aiming for a top-four finish “at least” after having spent £140m in the summer transfer window.

Both teams were playing on level terms at Old Trafford following Antonio Valencia’s spectacular volley. Everton did not falter but instead attacked openly, with Wayne Rooney leading much of the offensive efforts.

However, a late flurry of goals then came for the Red Devils that sealed the game, starting with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on 83, Romelu Lukaku, on 89, and an Anthony Martial penalty in added time pushed United to joint-top with Manchester City, both teams having 13 points and 16 goals with two conceded after five matches.

The result condemned Koeman and his team to a fourth defeat in four games in all competitions, and they have failed to score in four consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since April 2006, including in their 3-0 Europa League defeat against Atalanta on Thursday.

It was almost reasonable that the Dutch manager did not conceal his frustration over Mourinho’s comments.

“I read the United programme and my colleague (Mourinho) told me about Everton spending £140m and so they need to go for the top four,” the Dutchman said. “If there’s anybody in this room and outside and sees this as something realistic for us, please comment. Be realistic. I’m not happy how we started the season, but please be a bit realistic about Everton. We need time, but it’s difficult in football.”

“Every manager in life has doubts. If you don’t win and you have a big number of players in your squad, you have doubts about how you need to start and the system to play. That is normal.”

Ronald Koeman “disappointed” over Wayne Rooney drink-driving charge

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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.

Prediction:

Everton 0 — 2 Tottenham

Everton’s Wayne Rooney retires from England international duty

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Everton midfielder Wayne Rooney has declined a return to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, instead choosing to bow out after 119 caps and a record 53 goals.

Rooney has reportedly informed Southgate of his decision in a phone call, who was asking if he would return to the squad and effectively fill the void left by Adam Lallana being injured.

“It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches,” Rooney said. “I really appreciated that. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.”

“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me. Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out.”

However, Southgate believed that he might still be able to coax Rooney out of for the World Cup if the 32-year-old is able to maintain his form for Everton this season and is open to the idea of playing for England in Russia next summer.

“I don’t see why you ever shut the door on anything,” Southgate said. “I suppose we would have to see where he was at, where the squad was at, where everything else was at. But it would be foolish to say ‘no’ because anything is possible. A part of that question should go to Wayne because you have to respect his decision and the thinking behind it. But have I seen players change their minds? Yes, I think we all have.”

“Wayne has been somebody it may have been easy for the other players to hide behind because he was always the one who has carried the burden. I think that’s been unfair on him. Now everybody has the chance to take the mantle.”

Everton enters Europa League after draw with Hajduk Split

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Everton secured a spot in the group stages of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw away against Hajduk Split.

With a 2-0 lead from the first leg, Everton only need a draw or a one-goal loss to advance, and for most part of the first-half their disciplined and measured plays ensured that they could secure such a result.

However, Hajduk Split looked to shake things up just two minutes before half-time, with Josip Radosevic letting fly a swerving 35-yard shot that beats Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal.

But it did not take long for Everton to respond, as their £45m club record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson pay due to his transfer fee on his first full debut with a stunning volley.

Starting a move by closing down a loose ball on the right, as he was falling backwards by doing so, the Icelandic playmaker sent a looping, angled volley over the goalkeeper Dante Stipica and into the back of the net from 50 yards.

Everton coach Ronald Koeman said after the game “I saw Gylfi’s goal, but I don’t think everyone on the bench did. It was incredible. I don’t have any other word for it. You need to be clever to see that possibility and after two or three weeks of the season, it could be the goal of the season [already]. It was really important to be level so quickly in the second half.”

Split, needing three goals to counter the away goal rule, could have regained their lead as Ashley Williams conceded a penalty for a clumsy challenge, but the spot kick was well saved by Pickford this time around. The penalty save was key as well because there were still 30 minutes to go at that time,” said Koeman.

However, Everton will have a more difficult test ahead as they travel to Chelsea on Sunday, with Koeman also revealing that the Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye had been rested with a slight hamstring problem.