Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Rooney Scores In Goodison Park Return As Everton Defeat Stoke

Rooney Scores In Goodison Park Return As Everton Defeat Stoke

Everton host Stoke on Saturday to kick off their league campaign before also hosting Hajduk Split in their Europa League play-off next Thursday. The header was his 300th involvement in a goal in the Premier League, with 101 assists to add to his 199 goals.

He's a very clever player who will score goals and bring his teammates into the game.

"We did everything to win the game but we couldn't", said Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrini, who replaced Claude Puel in the offseason.

Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin were signed previous year, Ajax skipper Davy Klaassen arrived in the summer while homegrown talent Tom Davies has emerged as a player of real substance.

However, in summer recruit Darren Fletcher and the understated Joe Allen, the Potters will have their own fairly dynamic midfield duo and will aim to disrupt Everton's flow on home turf.

"It doesn't get much better".

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The glow from Rooney's 199th Premier League goal was nearly erased when Fletcher went close to equalising after half-time with a stinging strike.

James McCarthy (knee) and Ross Barkely (groin) are also out of Saturday's game, but have returned to training and should be available for selection soon.

For Stoke, Hughes must do without Stephen Ireland (broken leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) for the trip to Goodison Park. Rooney was instrumental in starting it, playing in Gueye who fed Sandro and he in turn found Calvert-Lewin wide on the right.

But having signed Michael Keane from Burnley in a £30 million (A$49.44 million) deal when the England defender was in the final year of his deal at Turf Moor, Koeman sees no reason for Everton not to expect the same from other clubs.

Stoke looked bright in patches but, with only five teams scoring fewer goals last season, their troubles in attack still appear to need solving. The Toffees have the better squad on both ends of the pitch, so they are likely to escape with the three points in their league debut.

The young striker swung in a flawless cross that found Rooney in a surprising amount of his space and the veteran used all his experience to send the ball back across the 'keeper to send Everton into the dressing room a goal to the good.

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