Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney admits he’ll be emotional tonight for his testimonial.
Rooney’s boyhood club Everton, who he left at the age of 18 to join United in 2004, will provide the opposition at the Theatre of Dreams and all funds raised will go directly to four charities chosen by Wayne: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Claire House, NSPCC and the Manchester United Foundation.
“I’m excited – I think it’ll be a good game but also a good pre-season game, which we need going into the new season,” Rooney told MUTV.
“I’m grateful to the club for granting me this testimonial and hopefully we’ll raise a lot of money for charity.
“I think before the game and at the end I might get a bit emotional, but come kick-off it’ll be a normal game and it’ll act as good preparation for me and the other players, as we’ll get more minutes under our belts going into the new campaign.”
Asked if it was a no-brainer to ask Everton to provide the opposition in his testimonial, Rooney says: “Yes, it was.
“I’m grateful to Everton for the time I spent there – I was there from the age of nine to 18 – and they helped me to progress to become a senior footballer. So I felt it was right to ask Everton and they have been very supportive of the game, so I’d like to thank them as well.”