Derby County boss Wayne Rooney says he is "flattered" to be linked with the Everton vacancy but says there has been no approach from his boyhood club.

The 36-year-old former Toffees striker has been linked with the job following Rafael Benitez's dismissal.

The ex-England international's stock has risen after keeping the Rams in contention for survival in the Championship despite being docked 21 points for entering administration and breaching financial regulations.

Rooney said: "I'm the same as everyone else, I see the speculation on social media and in the newspapers. Of course Everton is a club I grew up supporting.

"I'm flattered to get brought up in those conversations, but I know Everton know that to have any communication with me they have to go through the administrators."

Rooney added: "Everyone loves a fairytale, but my focus is on tomorrow. I must treat this game with the utmost respect."

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