'It doesn't get much better' - Everton hero Rooney savouring second chance

Everton's Wayne Rooney left and Stoke City's Kurt Zouma in action during the English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Liverpool. | AP

Everton's Wayne Rooney left and Stoke City's Kurt Zouma in action during the English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Liverpool. | AP

Everton's spending spree is meant to off-set the loss of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Rooney ensured the Belgian striker wasn't missed. This side plays some attractive football and they have done well in the past few seasons so I am interested in seeing how they play. The early games in the season are always tough because you are always finding your rhythm in games.

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.

However all was forgotten on nearly the last whistle of the first half when a good combination move set Dominic Calvert-Lewin free down the right, and his lofted cross was nodded in by Wayne Rooney and the home fans burst out in relief and adulation in equal measures.

That's why we signed Wayne, expecting to show his team-mates all that experience and it was really important.

WAYNE ROONEY'S league second coming with Everton can start with a win today against Stoke City.

"Maybe every manager before the start of the season thinks that their team is ready and prepared but it was really a hard game", he told Sky Sports.

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

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Rooney and fellow new signing Sandro Ramirez (formerly of Malaga) will lead the attack for the Toffees.

We will have all the action and reaction as the two teams go head to head. "If we have all the players we want, and have Bolasie and Coleman back, then it's a totally different picture", Koeman said.

Veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher soon fizzed a reminder of Stoke's threat past the post although moments of promise were far too fleeting for the visitors.

Everton are unbeaten in three games against Stoke (W2, D1), having lost the previous three.

Quiet for much of the opening 45 minutes, the homegrown hero exploded into life with a well-taken victor in first-half stoppage-time.

"We know at home that we have that fantastic support and hopefully we can get a good win this Saturday".

"Probably the only chance that Everton created in the first half was the quality ball that they put into the box for you know who".

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