Rooney debut match to be against Gor in Dar es Salaam Tanzania as he re-joins with Everton


Wayne Rooney could make his return to Everton match action in Thursday's Tanzania friendly game.

The Blues fly to Eastern Africa on Tuesday evening ahead of the friendly with Gor Mahia in Dar es Salaam.

After Rooney's return to the Toffees on a two-year deal was officially confirmed today, he is expected to fly with Ronald Koeman and the squad for the the fixture, arranged by new sponsors SportPesa.

The 31-year-old should be at a similar fitness level as the players who returned to Finch Farm this week. He was not involved in England's post-season friendlies, though his 2016/17 campaign ended three days after Everton's due to the Europa League final.
His presence in Tanzania would undoubtedly create a huge extra layer of intrigue and interest.
Everton had scheduled a pre-season friendly in the east African nation of Tanzania, and on Friday announced they will be playing Gor Mahia FC.
Gor Mahia - who are Kenya's most successful club, winning the national league a record 15 times - won a cup played between African sides, earning them the right to take on the Premier League team.
They beat fellow Kenyan team AFC Leopards 3-0 with second-half goals from Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba and John Ndirangu.
They will now play Ronald Koeman's men at the 60,000-seater Tanzania National Stadium on July 13 - with the big question now whether they will be playing a team featuring Rooney or not.
It is a far cry from who Rooney faced in his first Everton debut in August 2002, when he played 67 minutes of a Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
His Manchester United debut was truly remarkable - he scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 Champions League thumping of Fenerbahce.

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