Rooney to play for Everton in a testimonial friendly

London, July 21 (IANS) England football team captain and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will play for his former club Everton at ex-teammate Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial after 11 years against Spanish side Villarreal on August 2.

The United captain played for Everton at the age of 16 and was helped by Ferguson to develop as a player.

“As a young lad growing up in Croxteth (in Liverpool), Duncan Ferguson was a hero of mine. As a young player at the club, he was an inspiration and, when I broke into the first team, he helped and looked after me,” Rooney was quoted as saying by goal.com on Monday.

“I cannot think of a better way to thank Duncan for all he did for me than turning out in his fully deserved testimonial match. Had he not asked me to play, I would have gone and supported him on the day as I am sure most other Evertonians will,” added the 29-year-old.

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