- Paul Gascoigne has returned to former club Everton for the day at Finch Farm
- He played for Everton from 2000-2002 and spent Friday at the training ground
- Gazza posed for photos with Wayne Rooney as well as some former team-mates
Paul Gascoigne met Wayne Rooney at Everton’s training ground – and joked he was there to collect £40 he owes him from 18 YEARS ago!
Gazza took a trip down memory lane on Friday as he returned to former club Everton by visiting their Finch Farm training base.
He played for the Toffees between 2000 and 2002, but left Goodison Park after making just 32 appearances and scoring one goal.
Gascoigne made the most of his time there and posed for photos with Rooney as well as former team-mates David Unsworth and Duncan Ferguson.
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Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney looked happy to be reunited at Everton’s training ground
As Gascoigne met Rooney he appeared to hand some cash to the current Everton star – just like he did years ago when Rooney was a 14-year-old coming through the ranks at Goodison
The 50-year-old has admitted to handing Rooney £40 for ‘a couple of pints’
Whatever Gazza was saying this time round was making Rooney laugh
Gascoigne has returned to former club Everton for the day and posed with Rooney along with Mark Brewer (right) and Shane Whitfield who deal with Gazza’s bookings
Gazza played for the Toffees between 2000 and 2002 and caught up with old team-mates Francis Jeffers (left) and David Unsworth
But the funniest moment came when Rooney emerged to greet Gazza, who handed him two £20 notes as part of long-running joke between the pair.
It stems from Gazza giving a then 14-year-old Rooney £40 for ‘a couple of pints’ during their time together at Everton.
Gazza had left Goodison Park for Burnley by the time Rooney made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old at home to Tottenham.
That didn’t stop the former England midfielder noticing Rooney’s talent early on, having gone to watch Everton’s Under 19s play one morning.
There was a shared embrace for the former England stars Gascoigne and Rooney
Gazza admitted in an interview a few years ago he was impressed by Rooney as a young kid
In a 2015 interview on Soccer Am, Gazza revealed: ‘When I was at Everton I used to go and watch the youth team play, the Under 19s, before we played.
‘I think it was Colin Harvey (in charge) at the time and he said to watch this young kid, he’s 14 and playing for the Under 19s.
‘I thought I’d stay and watch for a little bit and he came on when they were getting beat 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.
‘He banged in two goals. I think you can watch them on TV – they’re incredible. What a player. I thought he’s going to be good.
‘After the game I went in and said “well done lads, I’ve got £40 spare, is anyone going out tonight?”
‘Wayne Rooney said “I am”, so I went “there’s £40 quid, go and get yourself a couple of pints tonight”. That’s when I knew he was going to be brilliant. He’s got potential, that lad. He’s never given the £40 back so the interest is about £1.2million now!’
Gascoigne looked happy and healthy as he reminisced with former colleagues in the club’s canteen and out on the training pitch.
Gascoigne with Everton boss Sam Allardyce and his assistant coach Duncan Ferguson
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford stopped for a picture with the England hero
Gazza also took a photo with former colleague and now first-team coach Duncan Ferguson
Although it is Rooney who owes the £40, it was Gazza handing over the money in the video. And that is not the only cash Gascoigne has parted company with in recent days after he was pictured handing autograph hunters £10 on Thursday night.
It seemed Gazza was getting rid of his old £10 notes before they went out of circulation at midnight on Thursday but the lucky recipients can still exchange their money at a bank.
Gascoigne was pictured handing some lucky autograph hunters £10 on Thursday night
It seemed Gazza was getting rid of his old £10 notes before they went out of circulation
–Credit: Sport | Mail Online