Wayne Rooney has retired from international football and that can only benefit Everton who can progress to the next round of the Europa League by avoiding defeat in their second leg match at Hajduk Split tonight. Everton lead from the first match at Goodison Park 2-0 and that advantage will suffice.
Everton have played three matches in the Europa League this season and have not conceded a goal. Michael Keane is looking like a good buy and he was outstanding when his side drew away at Manchester City on Monday. Hajduk Split will be looking for a crucial early goal but Everton can stand firm.
It’s the right time to depart the international scene for Rooney. He is now his country’s leading scorer and he has nothing to prove. Rooney would probably make the World Cup squad but not be a first eleven choice and he deserves more than being a substitute thrown on if things are not panning out well. The Everton striker is 5/1 with bet365 to score the first goal tonight.