Theo Walcott says Wayne Rooney has 'nothing to prove' in England
By Shona Duthie
Last Updated: 12/05/18 2:52pm
Everton striker Theo Walcott says team-mate Wayne Rooney has nothing to prove amid speculation he is set to leave the club for a move to the United States.
Sky Sports News reported this week Rooney had agreed a £12m move in principle to join DC United before the MLS club's boss Ben Olson confirmed on Friday there is an interest, but the deal is not done.
According to Sky Sources, it is understood Rooney has played his last game for Everton after saying his goodbyes on Saturday to staff and players.
"The legacy he has brought to the Premier League, the goals, the trophies, everything he has done at Manchester United, England and here, he is an incredible player," Walcott told Sky Sports.
"Obviously I'd love him to stay, I remember having a conversation with him on the phone, he was one of the main players who got me here, so I am grateful for that, definitely.
"But if he does choose to go on I just need to wish him all the best really, him and his family. He doesn't need to prove anything to anyone anymore.
"However, let's wait and see. Like I said, I'd love him to stay here."
Rooney left Everton's training ground early on Friday, although the club later said he has a knee injury and was receiving treatment before leaving around midday.
According to Everton manager Sam Allardyce, Rooney has not asked to leave.
Rooney is Everton's top goalscorer this season with 11 goals in all competitions after he re-signed for his boyhood club from Manchester United last summer.
Allardyce's side take on West Ham on Sunday at the London Stadium in their final Premier League match of this season.