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Everton: Ronald Koeman refusing to bow under relegation pressure

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Everton coach Ronald Koeman has refused to bow under pressure despite seeing his team fall into the relegation zone after a 5-2 loss to Arsenal over the weekend.

Koeman’s tenure had already came under severe scrutiny before Arsenal’s visit to Goodison Park, with a heated defeat by Lyon at the Europa League mid-week saw the Toffees kept an unwanted streak of winning just two out of their previous twelve matches despite having a squad replenished by almost £140m of new talent in the summer.

Wayne Rooney’s fourth Premier League goal of the season — almost 15 years to the day since his first Everton goal against Arsenal — gave Everton the, but goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sánchez brought Arsène Wenger a deserved first away win of the league campaign on his 68th birthday.

The loss was also Everton’s seventh 11 games in all competitions, with Koeman’s team now falling to third bottom in the Premier League, but the Dutchman insisted that he could still lead the team to a reversal of their fortunes.

“Yes, I think I can [turn it around] but now is not the moment and everybody is so disappointed,” he said after the defeat to Arsenal. “It is how you look to the situation. If you start to think negatively, then maybe there is no solution. I am not like that.”

“All the rumours in the newspapers are normal. The team is underperforming, it is in a difficult situation mentally and confidence are struggling. That is what we need to change. I still believe I can change the whole situation but everybody knows how it works in football. That is all I answer about this situation.”

Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, who appointed Koeman on a £6m-a-year contract in 2016, was present at Goodison Park and is expected to speak to the Dutch coach on Sunday in what was considered to be a routine for both club hierarch and coach.

“Normally I have contact after every game, speak or text,” Koeman added. “I understand the position is not good for Everton. I have been working in football a long time, I know what can happen but I don’t think it is too late.”

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 in talks to sign Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney

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Everton is reportedly in advanced talks over the possibility of signing Manchester United Wayne Rooney and setting a fairytale return for the Merseyside native to his boyhood club.

Bill Kenwright, chairman of Everton, has reportedly met the player’s long-time adviser Paul Stretford in London on Wednesday amid speculation over the forward’s Manchester United future.

Rooney, 31, has also previously stated that Everton is the only Premier League side he would leave United for and they believe this strengthens their position.

But Rooney’s intentions on matching the £250,000-a-week basic salary he earns at Manchester United could complicate matters.

However, given that his only other option appears to be a move to Major League Soccer, where he would not earn as much, and any interest from China fading following a 100% tax imposition over import players into the country, there is a high chance that Rooney will remain in England.

United, who fly to Los Angeles on Sunday to start their five-match tour in America, could demand a transfer fee from Everton.

Bu with Rooney’s salary costing a minimum of £13m a year and this would be removed from the books, Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at United, may decide to waive any sum or agree a reduced amount.

Either way, Rooney’s departure would marks the conclusion of a 13-year spell at United that has been supremely successful. After he had been signed from Everton in August 2004 the former England captain had since won five Premier Leagues, the Champions League, the FA Cup, three League Cups and the Europa League.

He is also United’s all time record scorer with 253 goals.