Rooney nets on Everton return

By: Dean Carr

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It’s taken just 34 minutes for Wayne Rooney to get his name back on the scoresheet as an Everton player after netting in the club’s first pre-season friendly in Tanzania.

The 31-year-old collected the ball centrally from Ademola Lookman’s pass and turned into space before rifling a shot into the top corner from 30 yards - a goal with striking similarities of his first Everton goal against Arsenal as a 16-year-old.

Rooney’s last goal for Everton came back on 13 April 2004, during a 1-1 draw away to Leeds United.

Ronald Koeman elected to start Rooney as a lone striker for the friendly, a potential indication of where he sees him playing this season after the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

Rooney featured in the starting lineup of an Everton side which also included new signing Davy Klaassen, as well as a welcome return for Aaron Lennon to the side. Michael Keane started on the bench.

All of Everton’s under-20 World Cup heroes were involved in the clash, with Jonjoe Kenny, Callum Connolly and Lookman all starting, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the bench. Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez have been given extended rests following their exertions at the under-21 European Championship. 

The Toffees are facing Gor Mahia as the club become the first Premier League team to tour Tanzania.

Everton's first five PL fixtures

Stoke City (h)

Manchester City (a)

Chelsea (a)

Tottenham Hotspur (h)

Manchester United (a)

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