Wayne Rooney hits victor as Everton start with a win

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The Toffees' destructive pair of Idrissa Gana Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin are a match for any centre midfield pairing on their day, and their quick turnover of possession, disciplined positioning and success in the tackle will prove a tough nut to crack for the visitors. While he has never been an out-and-out striker, his decline in pace and movement has obviously contributed to this.

"A hard game, Stoke City is always a battle", he remarked.

"We have brought some players in like Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez and we would like to bring some more in". That could all change though if Gylfi Sigurdsson pens his long-awaited transfer to the Blues.

Southampton had 29 shots on goal, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Dusan Tadic wasting the best of the chances. Sandro, another new signing, received the ball and played it wide to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Let's hope we get an agreement as soon as possible.

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show.

"James still has some issues on his knee so out of protection I left him out", he said after the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

Rooney heads home on his second Everton debut in the Premier League. "We are looking forward to getting started". To make things a bit more complicated for Stoke, they also struggled on the road last season.

Defensively, Rooney manned the front post from opposition set-pieces to good effect - making a string of crucial interceptions.

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

Happy to be home: Rooney.

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.

The 41-cap global had an injury-interrupted campaign past year, featuring just 13 times for his club, while his appearances for his country last October led to a war of words between Everton and Ireland team management.

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