Everton hero Rooney savours second chance

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After returning to his boyhood club, Everton's Wayne Rooney could not have been happier to score the matchwinner at Goodison Park in the Toffees' Premier League opener.

A revitalised Wayne Rooney says he's relishing a new lease on life at Goodison Park after his winning goal in Everton's season-opening 1-0 victory over Stoke City

Picked out by Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the stroke of half-time, the 31-year-old immediately delivered on his highly romanticised return with the only goal of a cagey encounter.

The well-taken header lifted Rooney's Premier League haul to 199 goals and set Everton's new era into motion as five players made their top-flight debut for the Toffees.

After enduring a tough end to his time with Manchester United, the former England captain is savouring a second chance with his boyhood club.

"To play for this football club again is a huge deal for me," Rooney said.

"To score in my first game in the Premier League back at Goodison, the winning goal, it doesn't get much better.

"Today a good Stoke team made it difficult but it's important you win.

"We've got some tough fixtures coming up and it was important we got off to a good start and that will give us all confidence going into the next game."