Rooney made a 15 minute cameo appearance in his first Everton performance since leaving the Blues 11 years ago, and said that he found it a little weird at first.
He received a warm welcome from Evertonians, however, and when he came on for James McCarthy late in the second half seemed to produce Everton’s only attacking threat against Villarreal.
“Obviously a bit different today, going into the home dressing room again and it was a bit weird at first,” he said.
“I didn’t know what to expect with the reception but it was a great reception and I appreciated it.
“It was great for my kids to come along today and see me wearing an Everton shirt.”