Wayne Rooney looks likely to have already played his last game for Everton.
The Toffees confirmed on Friday that the 32-year-old has failed to recover from a knee injury, ruling him out of this weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham and thus ending his season prematurely.
Of greater significance, however, is the fact that Rooney seems destined to leave the club for DC United in the summer. Sky Sports have reported on Saturday that the former England captain has already said his goodbyes to teammates at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground has he prepares to bring the curtain down on his second spell on Merseyside and make the move to the MLS.
Rooney is believed to have agreed the move ‘in principle’ but the move is not completely finalised. DC United, for their part, have backed that up by insisting that it is not over the line but declared their interest in bringing the forward to the United States.
Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has said that Rooney has not asked to leave but would not stand in his way if he wished to do so.
In any event, it now appears to be a case of when, rather than if, the deal to bring Rooney to the MLS, following in the footsteps of former England teammates David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole, in finishing his career in America.