Ronald Koeman has praised Wayne Rooney as still one of the best following his current performance at Everton.
Rooney returned to Everton from Manchester United and has already scored in two preseason matches.
The England international fell out of favour at Manchester United and was pushed out of the first team.
But Koeman does not believe Rooney’s quality has waned, telling Everton’s official website: “He has a lot of experience. He is an important player on the pitch but also important for his team-mates and certainly the young players to show them what you need to do to reach that high standard of football.
“That means he needs to be a leader off the pitch and if I see how he’s working and what he’s doing with all the players it’s really what we want.
“Every day in training so far and in the friendlies, you see why he’s one of the best in his position and one of the best players.”