Rooney scores as Everton beat Stoke

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Wayne Rooney scored his 199th Premier League goal to give Everton victory

Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the winner against Stoke with his 199th goal in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old, who left the club for Manchester United in 2004, found space in the area to head a Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland before the break.

It was the Toffees’ best move of the match – one Rooney was twice involved in before adding the finishing touch.

Calvert-Lewin also went close for the home side as Stoke struggled to break Everton down on the opening day at Goodison Park.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s long-range effort did force new Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into a fine save in stoppage-time, with the 23-year-old leaping across his line to tip wide.

Rooney’s perfect homecoming

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Rooney scored 17 goals during his first spell at Everton

Rooney scored the first of his Premier League goals for Everton with a sublime strike against Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2002. His 199th in the English top flight 15 years later wasn’t quite as dramatic, but it will have meant just as much to the boyhood Blues fan.

Sir Alex Ferguson moved to snap up the teenager after some flashes of genius in an Everton shirt and Rooney returned to Goodison Park as England and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer.

He helped start the move that resulted in the winning goal with some neat link-up play with Idrissa Gueye and Sandro Ramirez, before showing all that experience to peel away in the area and guide a free header into the opposite corner.

The forward started tenaciously and could have found himself in the book for a late tackle on former United team-mate Darren Fletcher, but Rooney’s desire to track back and help his side defensively also proved invaluable against a direct Stoke threat.

This season could go a long way to deciding his legacy among the Everton faithful, but the former England captain will also be hoping to play his way back into Gareth Southgate’s plans with a World Cup looming next summer.

The winning goal on his Goodison Park homecoming proved a perfect start.

How did the new signings fare?

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Kurt Zouma has joined Stoke on a season-long loan from Chelsea

Everton have spent the best part of £100m this summer, with a club record £50m move for Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson potentially still to come before the deadline.

Pickford’s late save from a Shaqiri effort that looked to be heading for the top corner will have helped prove his worth as the most expensive British goalkeeper, and the £30m man also instilled confidence in his back three with his commanding presence around the Everton box.

The England Under-21 international was, alongside Rooney, the standout among five new arrivals who started for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Stoke, meanwhile, have done most of their business on the cheap.

Kurt Zouma looks a solid acquisition for Mark Hughes’ side and the on-loan Chelsea defender stopped Calvert-Lewin doubling the hosts’ lead with a superb block in the second half.

The Potters snapped up Scotland international Fletcher from West Brom, and the 33-year-old central midfielder made more passes (45) than any other play on his side while also firing narrowly wide from distance.

Man of the match – Idrissa Gueye (Everton)

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Rooney’s goalscoring return may make the headlines, but Idrissa Gueye was the glue that held together an at times scrappy Everton performance. The Senegal international made more tackles (five) than any other player on the pitch, had the most touches (92) and made more passes than any other midfielder. He even managed a rare shot on target.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Everton 1, Stoke City 0.

Second Half ends, Everton 1, Stoke City 0.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Wayne Rooney (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Wayne Rooney (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf.

Cuco Martina (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cuco Martina (Everton).

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Stoke City. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City).

Offside, Stoke City. Kurt Zouma tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Sandro Ramírez.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Offside, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Sandro Ramírez (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Substitution, Stoke City. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting replaces Bojan.

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Saido Berahino.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michael Keane (Everton) because of an injury.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cuco Martina with a cross.

Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces Davy Klaassen.

Foul by Davy Klaassen (Everton).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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