Incredible scenes as Wayne Rooney scores on return to Everton

Kieran Dowell celebrates a preseason goal

While he has never been an out-and-out striker, his decline in pace and movement has obviously contributed to this.

"We need to find other ways and we need to find productivity from other players".

Everton face a hard start to the season, with the visit of Stoke followed by games against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and United.

Most of Everton's new signings are expected to start, so there is a high chance we can see the league debuts of Rooney, Sandro, Pickford, Keane and Klaassen.

Calvert-Lewin, now operating as a forward, headed a cross wide and then went close in one-on-one situations with Butland but the England 'keeper was equal to it, beating the shot behind for a corner.

A free-kick from 35 yards out in the 33rd minute, which he ballooned way over the bar when looking to steer the ball towards the back post, was proof of that. That could all change though if Gylfi Sigurdsson pens his long-awaited transfer to the Blues.

Rooney, who was full of invention and energy throughout, rose well to meet a fine Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross with a looping header into the far corner on the stroke of half-time.




And Rooney rose to the occasion, heading home in first half stoppage-time to collect his first Everton goal for 4,869 days - when he netted against Leeds in April 2004. "All being well, he should be with us today (Friday) at some point and hopefully we will get that done".

It has to be said, Mark Hughes won't be pleased with his side's defending.

Rooney last scored a goal for Everton at Goodison on March 13, 2004 when he claimed the victor against Portsmouth. To make things a bit more complicated for Stoke, they also struggled on the road last season.

"We've got some tough fixtures coming up and it was important we got off to a good start and that will give us all confidence going into the next game".

Happy to be home: Rooney.

Rooney's move back to his boyhood club, after 13 successful years at Manchester United, divided opinion between those who viewed it as a welcome romantic return and those who felt he was not the right player for Koeman's new-look side.

That will help them this season and teams will need to be on the money to knock them off.

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