sport news Phil Neville: Wayne Rooney gives Everton winning mentality

Phil Neville has backed Wayne Rooney to lead the charge as Everton look to follow in the footsteps of Tottenham and challenge the established order in the Premier League.

Rooney returned to Goodison Park after a trophy-laden 13-year spell at as part of Everton's busy summer of transfer activity.

Ronald Koeman has overseen an influx of talent, including breaking the club's transfer record to sign highly-rated goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from .

Wayne Rooney will gel the Everton team together next season according to Phil Neville 

Wayne Rooney will gel the Everton team together next season according to Phil Neville 

Neville (centre) believes Everton can be delighted with their transfer window so far 

Neville (centre) believes Everton can be delighted with their transfer window so far 

Attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen arrived from Ajax while England defender Michael Keane was signed from Burnley.

A deal with Malaga saw young forward Sandro Ramirez signed, while Rooney came in just days before Romelu Lukaku went the other way - joining United for a fee believed to be worth £75million.

Neville, speaking at the Star Sixes tournament at London's O2 Arena, has been impressed with Everton's dynamic approach and believes the free signing of former United and England skipper Rooney could be the difference.

'If the transfer window closed today, Everton have done the best business,' he said.

'They have been very proactive, they have not waited for Lukaku to leave, they have said 'let's get our players in first and take some of the pressure off'.

'I remember when I was at Everton with David Moyes we sold Joleon Lescott one summer and Mikel Arteta towards the end and when you sell those players it puts added pressure on and fans get a little angry.

Rooney scored a wonderful long-range effort on his first pre-season game back for Everton 

Rooney scored a wonderful long-range effort on his first pre-season game back for Everton 

'They have actually signed four or five players, the fans are happy, it softens the blow of Lukaku leaving with knowing full well there are one or two more to come.

'I think the signing of Rooney gels it all together for Everton. There is no way Wayne Rooney would go back to Everton if he didn't think

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