Wayne Rooney marks perfect Everton return with winner against Stoke

The moment Wayne Rooney craved, the reason he came home to Everton. With his sons looking on the 31-year-old marked his return to his boyhood club with a fine winning goal against Stoke City as Ronald Koeman’s new-look team opened the season with a hard-fought victory. An ugly game was elevated by Rooney’s romantic script.

England’s all-time leading goalscorer struck with a thumping header on the stroke of half-time and produced a fine second-half performance to ease himself back into the old routine in royal blue. Rooney’s 199th Premier League goal was also his first for Everton since April 2004, not that he has endured a 13-year drought of course, and he was one of several impressive debutants in Koeman’s side. The most expensive British goalkeeper in history, £30m Jordan Pickford, produced an excellent save to prevent Xherdan Shaqiri equalising with a 25-yard bullet in stoppage time.

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Source: Football News
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