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There are several defining images from the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour, many Wilson Chandler Youth Jersey of them involving the same colour: the red card shown to Sonny Bill Williams in Wellington, Warren Gatland’s red clown nose, the oceans of red in the stadiums and, perhaps above all else, the red‑shirted Lions captain, Sam Warburton, jokingly yanking the trophy towards himself as http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Tim_Hardaway_Jr_Jersey he and his New Zealand opposite number, Kieran Read, posed for end-of-series photographs.For the Lions to have even one hand on the prize at the end was extraordinary. It is impossible to overstate the barriers they have hurdled to compete on this tour and the shared spoils have earned them fresh respect in both hemispheres. A final tour record of P10 W5 D2 L3, with a positive aggregate try count of 18-16 and only one defeat by more than one score, is rather better than Gatland’s detractors expected.Not everything was perfect; the saga of the extra six replacements was poorly handled, the lack of Scottish Test involvement was a shame and the old warm rapport on Lions tours between the squad and the travelling media has floated away into the anti-social media ether. For all the commercial rapaciousness of the modern Lions operation, however, this tour has Bucks Womens Jersey otherwise restored faith in a noble ideal and, in Warburton, the squad had one of the all-time great ambassadors.Not even Willie John McBride captained two successive undefeated Lions squads nor bounced back from failing to make the starting XV for the first Test to deny a hugely motivated New Zealand in the last two brutal, defining games. If Jonathan Davies was a deserved winner of the players’ player of the tour award, it was Warburton who made the quietly persuasive request for Romain Poite to re‑examine his initial decision to award New Zealand a kickable penalty in the closing moments with the scoreboard reading 15-15.If Ramírez is firing, Yannick Bolasie fit by January and Ross Barkley suitably engaged, it is difficult to see where Rooney might find a niche. Ademola Lookman’s rapid progress cannot be overlooked and then there is Tom Davies, whose strides of last season will be expected to continue. Gylfi Sigurdsson may yet join them from Swansea. All can operate at the tempo Koeman demands while Rooney, although not the physical wreck depicted by those who tiresomely lampooned him during his later years at United, cannot be expected to complete a full season at that kind of tilt. Practically, his greatest use might lie in the versatility that has been as much a curse as a blessing in recent seasons; Rooney has more than enough quality to influence games from http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Spencer_Hawes_Jersey across the forward line or playing behind a centre‑forward, even if only in bursts. Over a long campaign, that blend of experience and adaptability should have ample benefits.All of this is to second-guess Koeman’s intentions for Rooney but also to speak blindly of Rooney’s own plans. It is clear he wishes to play more football but the end he is aiming for may supersede everything else. Winning silverware with Everton would be “the pinnacle”, he said – the crowning point in a career that has brought 11 major titles. Not everybody in the squad will feel that way, at least not as viscerally. Rooney has changed in the past 13 years but Everton are changing quickly, too; should their stadium move to Bramley Moore dock go through in the next half-decade, their identity will have morphed decisively from that of the club that had never held serious hope of seeing their prodigal son’s best years. He embodies, albeit in the most http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Spencer_Hawes_Jersey interrupted of ways, continuity; the value of somebody for whom the badge signifies everything, and who just happens to be England’s best player of this millennium, should transcend the pitch.“We should be winning trophies and I think we’re taking steps to being involved in trying to win some,” Rooney said. It is a reminder that the stakes are higher here than when Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal in 2012, already a serial winner with the club and bearing no burden of unfinished business, or when Robbie Fowler enjoyed a euphoric first half-season back at Liverpool six years previously. Everton are a club growing into their new skin and, having had his successes elsewhere, Rooney cannot afford to be seen as a wallflower in their effort to reach the next level. Yet Koeman is shrewd enough to have calculated his gamble to an infinitesimal degree; should it come off, then the ardour that cautiously reignited two summers ago will reach a temperature nobody had thought possible.But who are we kidding? It would be greedy to ask for more than three epic Test matches, the extraordinary long-range goal-kicking of Farrell and Elliot Daly, the electric dash of Barrett, the soaring all-round impact of Maro Itoje and Brodie Retallick, the infectious atmosphere in the stadiums and the sportsmanship of Warburton and Read. Apart from a final outright winner, the 2017 series had it all.we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. 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