Rooney benched by Everton for Burnley home date

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The former Manchester United striker has been dropped by Ronald Koeman as Everton seek to enter the international break on a winning note

Wayne Rooney has been dropped by Everton for their Premier League home date with Burnley.

The 31-year-old will start on the bench at Goodison Park on Sunday, with Ronald Koeman taking the opportunity to shuffle his pack.

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Rooney has been a regular for the Toffees since returning to his roots from Manchester United over the summer.

His most recent outing came on Thursday, as he found the target in a Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol.

That effort was his third of the season and his first in seven outings.

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It was, however, not enough to see him cling on to a starting berth.

Rooney had been cleared to play, having suffered a hand injury against Limassol after being trodden on.

Oumar Niasse has been handed his first start under Koeman, with the Dutchman making five changes to his side.

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