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Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard to be interviewed for Everton post

Wayne Rooney: On Everton shortlist to replace Rafa Benitez. Photo: PA Wire

Sam WallaceTelegraph Media Group Limited

Former England team-mates Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are set to be interviewed for the Everton manager’s job as the club move to a new four-strong shortlist.

It’s understood that Derby manager Rooney as well as Lampard are under consideration by the Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright, the club’s chairman and former majority owner who is taking a key role in the process to replace Rafa Benitez.

Rooney, who began his career at Everton as a teenage prodigy and returned for a second spell 13 years later after first leaving in 2004, has a contract until the end of next season at embattled Derby. They are labouring under a 21-point deduction and face potential liquidation in two weeks’ time.

Rooney would require some official agreement for him to be formally interviewed by the Everton board.

Over recent months, the 36-year-old has been impressive in galvanising Derby into an improbable fightback from what seemed like inevitable relegation from the Championship.

Lampard, also formerly a Derby manager, has been out of the game since his sacking by Chelsea one year ago. There are understood to be two further candidates under consideration.

Everton had initially tried to re-appoint former manager Roberto Martinez but they could come to no agreement with the Belgian FA to share the Spanish coach until the end of the World Cup in December.

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