Day: July 11, 2017

Wayne Rooney opts for Everton

Wayne Rooney opts for Everton

Wayne Rooney has insisted that life at Manchester United had not gone ‘stale’ but admits the lack of game-time under Jose Mourinho was a key factor in his decision to leave for Everton. The 31-year-old spoke to the press for the first time since sealing an emotional return to Goodison Park on Monday afternoon and addressed speculation that his final few months at Old Trafford were something of a struggle. Although he admitted sitting on the bench was frustrating, Rooney said that he maintained his role as club captain to the best of his ability and stayed positive throughout.

Rooney said on life at United: ‘It hadn’t gone stale, but I needed to play more games. I didn’t play that often and it’s obviously frustrating. My whole career, I’ve played and it was the first time I was on the bench and it’s not me. I need to play.’When I wasn’t playing, it was frustrating but obviously I was captain of Manchester United so I had to stay positive. It was tough but that’s football. Some players will accept not playing for a few weeks but that’s not me.’

Thirteen years after leaving Goodison Park for Manchester United, where he subsequently won every honour in the English game and became the Red Devils’ all-time leading scorer, Rooney was back in Blue after agreeing a free transfer.

And while he is undoubtedly moving into the twilight of a successful career, Rooney said he does not see his move to Goodison Park as a ‘retirement home’ and is even aiming to break the club’s 22-year trophy drought next season. Not only that, but there was a suggestion from England’s all-time leading goalscorer that a return to the international set-up was on his mind.

He said: ‘I always play like I have got a point to prove. I’m not coming back into a retirement home. I feel good. I’m not fit at the minute but it will build up in the next few weeks. I’m ready for it. With Ronald’s ideas and the players that we are bringing in… it’s on us. It’s up to us to make sure [we win trophies].’There were other options, but once I knew Ronald was interested in bringing me back to Everton it was really a no-brainer. It was the only place I was going to be playing my football.’

On England, he said: ‘To be honest, I’m not focused on it. I’m focused on doing well for Everton and if I do that Gareth Southgate will have a decision on whether to put me back in the squad or not. If my performances are good enough for Everton them I’m sure he won’t be able to ignore me.’


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Game of Thrones Star Teases Daenerys Fate in Final Season

Game of Thrones Star Teases Daenerys Fate in Final Season

In just a few short days, Game of Thrones Season 7 will finally be upon us, with the season premiere airing Sunday, July 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO. Since there has been very little released about the new season, and the eighth and final season that will follow in either 2018 or 2019, a new tidbit from Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, could prove to be quite interesting. During a new interview promoting this upcoming season, the actress made it clear that she will not be returning for any of the other spin-off shows that have been in development, which could mean that Daenerys will not survive Season 8. Here’s what she had to say below.

“It’s a really interesting season in terms of some loose ends that have been tied, some really satisfying plot points, some things where you’re like, ‘Oh, my God. I forgot about that!’ Rumors are going to be confirmed or denied. I mean, I have no doubt there’ll be prequels and sequels and who knows what else. But I am doing one more season. And then that’ll be it. It makes me emotional to think about. It’s my beginning, middle and end, the single thing that has changed me most as an adult.”

While the actress doesn’t actually say her Daenerys Targaryencharacter will be killed in the final season, during her Rolling Stoneinterview, it’s clear she has no plans on reprising the role beyond the eighth and final season. As of now, the spin-off shows that are currently in development are all said to be prequels, set before the events of the flagship series, although no plot specifics have been released about any of these shows. While we’ll have to wait and see what happens to Daenerys, the actress did drop an interesting tidbit about this season.

“Spoiler alert. I normally don’t spend very much time in Belfast, but this last season I spent a little more time there.”

For the uninitiated, Belfast, Ireland is the production hub of Game of Thrones, where all of the Kings Landing scenes are filmed. We last saw Daenerys setting sail across the Narrow Sea to Westeros, with a massive fleet and army as she prepared for her quest to claim the Iron Throne as hers. It has since been confirmed that, before heading to King’s Landing, she will return to her ancestral homeland of Dragonstone. This tiny tidbit could mean that her plans are ultimately successful, and that she may in fact end up on the Iron Throne after all, but that’s only speculation at this point.

As for the Game of Thrones final season, it has been confirmed that the season will only span six episodes, but there has also been talk that each of those episodes may be feature-length, with six 90-minute episodes. While the episode count would still be shorter than a traditional season of 10 one-hour episodes, these six 90-minute episodes would equate to nine hours of programming for the final episodes. Hopefully we’ll find out more details as we get closer and closer to the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere on Sunday, July 16 at 9 PM ET on HBO.

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