England international, Wayne Rooney, scored on his Premier League return to Everton as his side edged Stoke City at the Goodison Park on saturday.
The 31-year-old, who left the club for Manchester United in 2004 and returned this summer, scored the only goal of the game.
He found space in the area on 45 minutes to head a cross from Dominic Calvert-Lewin which went Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
“On a personal level scoring the winning goal at Goodison Park is a special moment. It doesn’t get much better,” Rooney said after the game.
“To play for this club is a huge deal for me. The early games in the season are always tough because you are always finding your rhythm in games.
“We’ve got some tough games coming up so it’s important we got off to a good start.”
It was also for Everton that Rooney scored the first of his Premier League goals with a sublime strike against Arsenal in 2002 when he was 16-year old.
Everton will be playing again at home next Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League play-off against Hajduk Split.
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