Wayne Rooney: 'It doesn't get much better' after scoring for Everton

Wayne Rooney: 'It doesn't get much better' after scoring for Everton
From ESPN - August 12, 2017

Wayne Rooney said it "does not get much better" than firing Everton to victory after waiting more than 13 years to score for his boyhood club once again.

Having enjoyed a record-breaking, medal-laden stint at Old Trafford, the 31-year-old this summer returned to Goodison Park in search of regular first-team football.

Rooney was thrown in from the outset in Everton's Premier League opener and did not disappoint, with his header late in the first half enough to secure a 1-0 victory against Stoke.

"On a personal level scoring the winning goal at Goodison Park is a special moment," England's all-time top scorer told broadcasters after the match.

"It does not get much better. 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 have got some tough games coming up so it's important we got off to a good start."

Rooney's goal was the only moment of note in a dull opening period. Involved in Everton's impressive build-up play, he continued into the box and nodded home Dominic Calvert-Lewin's fine cross.

The 31-year-old's all-round display only improved after half-time, working hard in possession and out of it - leading to high praise from manager Ronald Koeman.

"There was one player in an Everton shirt today who from the first second to the last second was comfortable on the pitch," the Everton boss said. "He made every decision the right one and he scored a great goal from a great cross from Dominic.

"But in difficult moments in the game he showed his experience. He was clever, he was comfortable on the ball. That was different to some other players.


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