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England farce further underlines Rooney circus Everton are better off without

There will be some who claim Wayne Rooney’s return to international action tonight is a fitting tribute to a man who is his country’s record scorer.

But Gareth Southgate and his impressive, youthful squad do not deserve to have this foisted on them.

The team reaching the semi-final of a major tournament – something no side containing Rooney was able to do, but the first side he didn’t play in since 2002 could – is a bigger and more meaningful achievement than an individual goalscoring record.

But whichever side of the fence you’re on, it is undeniable that the circus which revolves around Wayne Rooney has rolled back into town.

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In its absence, England were able to create a team which secured the national side’s biggest achievement in a generation.

Rooney’s departure has liberated Marco Silva to build a younger, more flexible, quicker Everton side which is already superior to the stodgy outfit Sam Allardyce assembled with Rooney at its heart.

There’s no doubt Everton are better off without the singular glare that having Rooney brings; both on and off the pitch.

His return to Goodison was borne out of sentiment but little else; much like his last international hurrah.

Having wondered what might have been if David Moyes could have convinced hin to stay on Merseyside a little longer, Everton now definitively know they are better off without Wayne Rooney.

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