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11th Oct, 2016 | 10:19pm

Everton defender: Why I would have Wayne Rooney back at Goodison

By Amir Mir

Luke Garbutt has stated he would have Wayne Rooney back at Everton because he would “improve” the team.

Manchester United striker Rooney moved to Old Trafford from Goodison Park in 2004, as an 18-year-old.

The boyhood Everton fan has gone on to win five Premier League titles, the Champions League and break the all-time leading goalscoring record for England during his time at United.

But in recent times the 30-year-old has struggled for form with United manager Jose Mourinho and national interim boss Gareth Southgate dropping him from the first-team.

However, fellow Toffees academy graduate Garbutt, who is currently on loan at Wigan, gave his reasons as to why he would love to see Rooney return to Goodison Park.

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“If you put him into any team he’s going to improve it. Why wouldn’t you have him back at Everton?” Garbutt told the Liverpool Echo.

When asked if he could see Rooney playing alongside him next season at Everton, he replied: “Stranger things have happened haven’t they?”

Rooney made 67 appearances for Everton scoring 15 goals in his teenager years, before a £27 million move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

He has played a mammoth 535 games for the Manchester club, scoring 248 goals and supplying 139 assists.

However, this season he has scored only one goal in ten games for United, as he has been utilised in a much deeper role in recent years for club and country.

In other Everton team news, Omar Niasse has opened up about conversations he has had with manager Ronald Koeman.