Rooney: I Wanted My Boys To See Me Shine For Everton

Wayne Rooney has revealed how the chance for his children to see him play for Everton was one of the big motivations behind his return to Goodison Park.

Rooney became a father for the fourth time earlier this month with the birth of son, Cass. 

The striker posted a photograph on Twitter of himself with the new arrival and brothers Kai, 8, Klay, 4, and Kit, 2, alongside the caption, “5-a-side team complete!” 

And in an insightful interview with former Toffees teammate turned respected football pundit Kevin Kilbane, Rooney admitted his desire for the brood to see him run out in royal blue was an emotional driving factor behind his switch from Manchester United last summer. 

“That was really important to me,” he said. “Obviously growing up as an Everton fan, coming to the games… I remember going to the games with my dad and it was always something I wanted to do - to let my kids see me play for Everton and, in the future, go to the games with them as well.”

In the interview, which is now available to Official Members and Season Ticket holders, Rooney also discusses his recent debut on Monday Night Football, how being an avid student of other players has helped him improve his own game, and why eldest son Kai is now his harshest critic. 

“He’s obviously into football now and if I don’t play well he’s always reminding me of it!” Rooney explained. “He’s on to everything in football. He’s obsessed with it and, if I don’t have a good game, he’s the first one to tell me.”


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