Rooney experienced presently played just one home activity – a Europa League qualifier from Ruzomberok – in his next spell as an Evertonian adhering to his shut-time go from Manchester United.
But the 31-yr-old’s initial Leading League visual appeal for the Toffees at Goodison Park given that 2004 continue to felt like a landmark second for the participant and his club on Saturday.
And Rooney rose to the celebration, heading home in initial 50 % stoppage-time to gather his initial Everton objective for 4,869 times – when he netted from Leeds in April 2004.
That was enough for Ronald Koeman‘s group to start out the new time with a few points and Everton will hope the return of the prodigal son alerts the start out of a force into the Leading League’s prime four.
Koeman has expended above £90 million on new signings, with Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson very likely to get there before long, as he seems to fulfil that ambition.
Rooney’s name experienced been cheered to the rafters when the Everton group, that includes fellow debutants Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez, was go through out in advance of kick-off.
Everton’s shelling out spree is intended to off-established the decline of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and Rooney ensured the Belgian striker wasn’t skipped.
Stoke gave debuts to Darren Fletcher and Kurt Zouma and Mark Hughes’ facet practically took an early guide when Joe Allen produced Mame Biram Diouf down the proper for a cross-shot that Pickford blocked.
It took 20 minutes for Everton to get a shot on goal and even then Idrissa Gueye’s reduced drive was simply scooped up by Jack Butland.
Rooney dropped further into midfield in a bid to spark his group into existence and right away started to manage the tempo, drawing a booking for Allen when he wriggled clear of the Stoke midfielder, who responded with a blatant tug.
In stoppage-time, Rooney after once more took possession in midfield, rapidly going the ball large in advance of building a properly-time burst forward.
By the time Dominic Calvert-Lewin swung above a pin-position cross, Rooney experienced eluded the Stoke defence so absolutely that he experienced the liberty of the penalty location to bury a clinical header past Butland from 10 yards.
Sprinting to the group in delight, Rooney slid to the turf to rejoice in advance of he was mobbed by jubilant group-mates.
The glow from Rooney’s 199th Leading League objective was practically erased when Fletcher went shut to equalising immediately after 50 %-time with a stinging strike.
Calvert-Lewin practically doubled Everton’s guide when he robbed Zouma and reduce into the penalty location for a drive that Butland pushed absent.
Stoke laid siege to the Everton objective immediately after sending on Peter Crouch and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the closing stages.
A wonderful help you save from Pickford, denying Xherdan Shaqiri in the closing moments, ensured Rooney wasn’t denied his successful return.