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Romelu Lukaku is "excited" to be "starting a new chapter"

Romelu Lukaku Credit: MUTV

It's not a bad way to start your new job, is it?

Training in the sunshine in Los Angeles.

After completing his move from Everton, Romelu Lukaku has been put through his paces by his new Manchester United team mates.

Jose Mourinho's squad will kick off their pre-season tour of America with a game against LA Galaxy this weekend.

And helping get Lukaku fit for action is his old mate Paul Pogba. Their competitive natures make them a fascinating combination.

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Ex-Manchester United star Philip Mulryne takes part in his first mass as a priest

Former Manchester United player Philip Mulryne during his inaugural mass at St Oliver Plunkett Church in West Belfast following his ordination. Credit: Press Association

A former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer ordained to the priesthood has taken part in his first Mass.

Philip Mulryne, 39, returned to his native Belfast for a special Catholic religious service at St Oliver Plunkett Church.

The new priest was joined by friends and well-wishers at Monday night's Mass - just a few miles from Windsor Park Stadium, where he once donned the green jersey of his home country - flanked by white-robed members of his order.

The product of the youth system at Old Trafford made his debut for the first team in 1997.

He was unable to secure a regular place in Alex Ferguson's side and left Manchester to continue his playing career at clubs including Norwich City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient.

The clergyman said his vocation was a calling.

"This is a new chapter now in my life."

He undertook the rites associated with Catholicism, assisted by a more senior cleric, involving the blessing of sacraments, according to Catholic doctrine transforming bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

Mass-goers heard how his vocation as a friar preacher should be to "set hearts on fire" with the love of Jesus.

He was made a member of the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin at the weekend.

Wayne Rooney - "I'm not coming into a retirement home"

Wayne Rooney said he wasn't "coming into a retirement home" upon his return to Everton today.

The former Manchester United player said he was "excited" to be back in blue.

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Rooney returns to Everton

Wayne Rooney has confirmed he's rejoined Everton from Manchester United.

The Toffees have signed him on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 31 year-old today thanked United for the past 13 years but says he's ecstatic at returning to his boyhood club.


Will Rooney be back in England fold after Everton move?

Bookmakers are offering 5/4 that Wayne Rooney is included in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Russia World Cup (4/7 he is not).

He is now 50/1 to be the Premier League's top goal scorer after rejoining Everton.

"Gareth Southgate made no secret of the fact that Wayne needed to be playing more football in order to force his way back into the England fold and it looks as though he will get that at Everton."

– Joe Crilly, William Hill

Fans' reaction to Wayne Rooney's move back to Everton from Manchester United

Rooney's departure from Everton to Manchester United 13 years ago caused resentment among fans on Merseyside.

However, the 31 year old says he has never lost touch with his roots and has spoken about his love of Merseyside.

As time wore on, hatred towards Rooney from Evertonians eased and he even played for the club again in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial in 2015.

Here is the reaction of fans from both clubs.

Rooney's signing continues a busy summer at Everton with Rooney, also England's record goalscorer, joining Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Henry Onyekuru, Nathangelo Markelo and Sandro Ramirez as new additions.

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