Date: 28th October 2016 at 1:18pm
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Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman believes England captain Wayne Rooney may return to the Toffees in the future.

The 35-year-old midfielder, who is currently a free agent, told Sky Sports that he thinks the Manchester United forward would be open to a return to Goodison Park before he retires from professional football.

Rooney started his career at Everton, joining his boyhood club aged just nine, before making his first-team debut for the club in August 2002.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

The 31-year-old, who is The Three Lions’ all-time leading goalscorer, went onto score 15 goals in 67 appearances for the Toffees, until his reported £25.6m switch to Premier League giants Manchester United back in August 2004.

Former team-mate Osman said, “It would not surprise me [if Rooney re-joined Everton].

“I think he has been mending bridges for a couple of seasons now and you know he is an Evertonian at heart.

“I am pretty sure he would love to come back and I hope it happens.”

Rooney is currently second on United’s all-time leading goalscorer list, only behind Sir Bobby Charlton.
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