Wayne Rooney is prepared for the special tingle in his spine on Sunday as he tries to deny boyhood idols Everton a place in the FA Cup Final.
The acrimony surrounding Rooney's Â£27million move to Manchester United in 2004, followed by the abrupt downturn in his relationship with Toffees boss David Moyes, has rather soured the forward's relationship with the Goodison Park faithful.
"It still means something that it is Everton," said the England star. "It is the team I grew up supporting.
"It makes it a big day for me, although the most important thing is for United to reach the final."
Rooney keeps a close enough eye on Everton's form to make a fairly accurate assessment of their abilities.
Tim Cahill's goals, Tim Howard's saves and plenty of endeavour at both ends of the field. A team that gets the best out of itself.
"Everton are an honest side," said Rooney.
"They work hard for each other and will be trying to make it difficult for us.
"But I missed the Carling Cup final when we last got to Wembley, so hopefully I will be part of the team that gets us to another on Sunday."
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