HERE WE COME: Wayne Rooney and his Everton teammates on arrival in Tanzania earlier today.

Wayne Rooney will make his first appearance back in an Everton shirt in the club’s pre-season friendly against Kenyan opponents Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.

Everton will play the Kenyan side during their trip to East Africa, which has been arranged as part of their partnership with new sponsors SportPesa.

The Premier League club arrived on Wednesday morning in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Ugandan left back Godfrey Walusimbi who plays for Kenyan giants Gor Mahia, will be ready to take on Rooney and his teammates tomorrow.

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The 31-year-old striker sealed an emotional return to his boyhood club this week and is poised to get stuck straight into the action when the Toffees prepare for the next Premier League season.

Rooney returns to Everton after spending 13 years at Manchester United where he has made 559 appearances, scoring 253 goals. He won 5 Premier League titles, one Champions League, one Europa League, three league cups and the FA Cup once after joining from Everton for £27m in 2004.

A hat-trick on his debut, that bicycle kick in the dying seconds of the Manchester derby, Champions League final goals, a title-winning penalty and leaving Man United as their top scorer and a legend will always be remembered by the Red Devils.

Rooney will wear the shirt 10 jersey which has been vacated by Romelu Lukaku who completed his move to Manchester United in a £75m deal.

Rooney rejected several chances to go to China when it became clear United boss Jose Mourinho wanted him out this summer.

Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez and Michael Keane are the transfers that are already secured by Everton.


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