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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

David Moyes would - hypothetically - have Wayne Rooney back at Everton.

The manager was asked the question at his press conference on Friday, with it now being 10 years since the forward announced himself on the global stage with a wonder-strike against Arsenal.

Moyes said he knew from day one of his Everton tenure that Rooney would become a megastar.

He explained: "We knew what we had at the Club. I got told about him as soon as I came in the door and we were made very aware of Wayne. He was everything we had hoped. He was a man when he was very young. He had the ability and talent of any player, he brought a desire to play football.
"Wayne could have been a goalkeeper - he could have been a right-back, centre-half or outside-left. Wayne could play any position because it was his love for football that was one of the biggest reasons to his ability.

"He didn't need coaching because he could play when he came in with good players - he adapted to what he had to do. Whatever position he was put in, he played how he thought it should be done. He was a wonderful player."

Rooney celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Rooney left Everton in 2004 for Manchester United where his career has blossomed. But he has remained an close follower of Everton's fortunes, following them to the FA Cup final in 2009 and posting picture of his son Kai in the royal blue jersey.

"I think you come across these players very rarely," continued Moyes. "Wayne's an exceptional talent and there's not many.

"England have had some great players over the years. I don't think you get batches of them, but Wayne is one of them undoubtedly.
"I'd have him back, yes. He's a great player and he could play in goal if I needed him!"

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