Wayne Rooney was a “massive factor” in persuading Theo Walcott to join Everton.
The former Arsenal star, who admits he is coming to Goodison Park with a “point to prove,” revealed he spoke to his former England team-mate before making the move.
Walcott said: “I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton.
“He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up.
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“Those are the reasons I came here.
“This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate… and I used to find it very tough playing here.
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“You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve.”
Walcott, 28, left the Gunners for the Toffees for £20million after failing to start a Premier League game this season.
He wants to revive his career – and make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Walcott has been in countless England squads with Rooney, who teed up two of his three goals when he became the youngest Englishman to hit a hat-trick for his country against Croatia in 2008.
The former Southampton youngster admitted the lure of playing for Sam Allardyce – who selected Walcott for England during his brief spell as the Three Lions’ boss – was another huge pull towards Goodison.
He told Everton TV: “I was very proud of what I did last season – scoring 19 goals.
“I want to bring that [scoring form] to. I want to be part of the attacking force that is here.
“It always comes down to hard work and I think the manager here will get the best out of all the players.
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“I just want to play football and enjoy it again. I feel this move will make that happen.
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“With Sam coming in, his start was fantastic. There has been a little dip – but that happens and it is how you get out of that which makes you stronger.
“I feel like the players have got a point to prove, I have got a point to prove and it is going to get the best out of us, I am sure.
“I believe I can add value in any of the front-line positions. The manager will pick his team depending on who we play against.
“He sees me more on the right, but I can play in any of those positions. A lot of those 19 goals I scored I was playing on the right.”