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17/04/2009 08:32

Papers: Banter drives Wayne

Everton fans inspire me, says Rooney
Wayne Rooney says he will not be put off by the abuse he expects from Everton's fans when Manchester United take on his old club at Wembley on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final. Rooney has grown accustomed to Everton's supporters targeting him but the England international said he still had a soft spot for his former employers. "I still want Everton to do well. I've said before that I'd love them to finish second in the league to us. It's just always a bit strange when I face them, because they're the club I supported growing up and then played for," he said. "There's always banter between me and the fans but it doesn't run too deep. All the stick I get just makes me want to do better but it doesn't bother me that much because I expect it whenever I play Everton. Theirs is the result I still look out for first and I'm looking forward to Sunday's game. I've got a lot of family going down to London for the game. Everyone knows I grew up supporting Everton and there will be mixed feelings whatever the outcome."
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian

Toffees defender Joleon Lescott is quietly confident going into Sunday's semi-final, claiming United "don’t look quite as invincible as earlier in the season".

United's upcoming Champions League semi-final with Arsenal is getting a lot of coverage already. Theo Walcott says in The Mirror that teams are "scared" of facing the Gunners, while Nemanja Vidic has pinpointed Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie as the main threats for Arsene Wenger's side.

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