Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has hailed Wayne Rooney after Everton were confirmed as the Man Utd’s star’s testimonial opponents.
It emerged in October Rooney had been granted a testimonial at Old Trafford on August 3, and an announcement on Thursday confirmed it will be the Toffees making the visit for the charity event.
Kenwright remains a huge fan of the England skipper and says the Blues were delighted to oblige and line up against him in his testimonial ahead of next season.
“I couldn’t be more proud today of the young man who I first saw as an extraordinary 13-year-old,” Kenwright said. “I was thrilled for him last August when Goodison Park showed him its admiration as he ran on to the pitch for his first hero, Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial.
“Subsequently, it was one of the easiest decisions we have ever made at Everton in agreeing to support Wayne Rooney’s testimonial by playing Manchester United at Old Trafford this August.
“We will try to win, Wayne, I promise you – but we will nonetheless be saluting one of our own who has gone on to become one of sport’s great icons and who still retains all of the genius, passion and love for the game that was there when he was 13.”
Rooney is also delighted the game will pit his current club against his boyhood side, saying:”For me there could not be a more special testimonial match.
“Manchester United and Everton are the only clubs I have played for as a professional footballer. I am happy to say now that, whatever may happen in the future, I will never play for another Premier League club.
“I owe United and Everton everything for giving me my footballing opportunities.”
All proceeds from the game and all other events in Rooney’s testimonial year will be distributed through the foundation to four charities – the NSPCC, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation.