The bright new era at Goodison Park had a sluggish opening 45 minutes. Then, just as the tannoy announcer reported ‘One extra minute’, Sandro Ramirez fed Daniel Calvert-Lewin, whose cross was met with a terrific jump and header from Wayne Rooney. Cue bedlam.
Rooney never going to be denied the headlines on a first Premier League appearance for his boyhood club for 13 years. After all, he’s been writing his own scripts since he announced himself to the world on the same ground with a goal against Arsenal aged 16.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes didn’t even bother to namecheck him in describing the winner. ‘You know who was always going to be part of the story and that’s how it panned out,’ he grimaced.
Wayne Rooney completed his return to Goodison Park with a sensational header to beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening game