Conte pinpoints Rooney as Everton threat

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is wary of the danger posed by Wayne Rooney ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

The former Manchester United striker has scored 10 goals in 16 league matches for the Toffees, and in recent matches has made the difference for Sam Allardyce’s side.

"We must pay great attention because I think Wayne Rooney is a player who, when he plays, plays with his soul. You can see this during the game," he said.

"It's not simple to make this decision. To stop your career with the national team is not easy, not easy. I'm sure his heart is a bit broken by this decision.

"Only the player understands when the moment is arriving to say 'stop' when it comes to playing for the national team. We must have great respect for this decision."