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Carrick named to replace Rooney as skipper

Carrick named to replace Rooney as skipper

"He is such a good professional and has gone on to achieve many things in the sport".

At this week's news conference announcing his signing, Rooney looked in great shape and sounded like a little boy just wanting to be let loose in the Premier League playground again.

Rooney moved to Everton on Sunday after more than a dozen years with United.

In spite of the optimism shown by the club last season, Koeman struggled with his main striker Lukaku, who became frustrated with the club for lack of trophies and not having a depth of squad.

"I just feel it would be a backward step to go back to Wayne Rooney unless he starts the season in red-hot form and is banging the goals in".

Ironically Rooney played in a centre midfield role against Everton in the 2016 FA Cup semi-final clash between the Toffees and United, and has spoken about learning off United legend Paul Scholes about what that particular role entails.

Wayne Rooney was a hugely respected figure at Manchester United and passed on valuable lessons to the younger players at the club. I've grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special to me.

Wayne Rooney is in Tanzania to play in a match where his team Everton, will be playing against Kenya's Gor Mahia. "I'll try and lead by example".

Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution was recognised in a testimonial last month.

But as we know, Rooney has started playing deeper in midfield in recent season, so is that an option for Everton. There is a good feeling around Everton Football Club at the moment. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan.

The £30m acquisition from Sunderland already has a wealth of first-team experience from his days at Sunderland and out on loan, but Pickford will benefit massively from Rooney's knowledge of facing the world's best keepers.

Koeman, not the type to make a signing like this for sentimental reasons, has told Rooney he will be used in a role where he can use his instincts as a natural finisher.

Carrick stressed he has no intentions of changing his character for the role and admitted he has a laid-back approach. What Barkley can learn from Rooney isn't so much more down to what he can pick up on the pitch or training ground, but rather how to win Evertonians back over.