Incredible scenes as Wayne Rooney scores on return to Everton

Kieran Dowell celebrates a preseason goal

The England striker started his senior player career with Everton before moving to Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney enjoyed a dream return to Premier League action for Everton with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The returning boyhood Blue popped up in first-half stoppage time to steer a header past Jack Butland with what proved to be the victor, although it took a terrific save from Jordan Pickford to preserve the points at the death in the second half.

Everton have their sights set on a potential UEFA Champions League berth this season, while Stoke City will be among the teams that will try to avoid relegation and maybe surprise with a Top 10 finish.

Everton are still looking to sign Swansea's talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, who have valued the Iceland worldwide at £50m.

Wayne Rooney will make his first league appearance for Everton in 13 years, while Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane are among the likely debutants.

Manager Ronald Koeman told Everton TV, "Ross (Barkley) and James are back in training but they are still not available for the weekend".

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Stoke gave debuts to Darren Fletcher and Kurt Zouma and Mark Hughes' side nearly took an early lead when Joe Allen released Mame Biram Diouf down the right for a cross-shot that Pickford blocked.

In stoppage-time, Rooney once again took possession in midfield, quickly moving the ball wide before making a perfectly-time burst forward.

But the former Manchester United skipper made it a game to remember at Goodison Park with a header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin's pinpoint cross.

Sprinting towards the crowd in delight, Rooney slid to the turf to celebrate before he was mobbed by jubilant team-mates.

Stoke's only previous victory on the opening day of a Premier League season came in 2009 (D3, L5).

So here we are - the moment has finally arrived for Everton to kick off a highly anticipated Premier League campaign.

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