Wayne Rooney: Back where I belong at Everton and meaning business

Wayne Rooney: Back where I belong at Everton and meaning business

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

Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are out injured and will not feature in the Premier League opener.

Everton Manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that it is a hard task for the club to replace former striker, Romelu Lukaku, who now plays for Manchester United.

"Still now we really have one striker, in my opinion", he said.

If we can do that then we'll see where we are at Christmas time and reassess our goals.

This season could go a long way to deciding his legacy among the Everton faithful, but the former England captain will also be hoping to play his way back into Gareth Southgate's plans with a World Cup looming next summer.

It's what they have lost that is troubling. Stoke City will provide the opposition, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be an easy game - every team is hyped for the start of a new league campaign.

Wayne Rooney: Back where I belong at Everton and meaning business

He's a very clever player who will score goals and bring his teammates into the game. That's because the Toffees play Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in four of their opening six league games.

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The last formation I want to take a look at is the 4-3-3, a formation that Koeman has used once already this preseason when the squad took on Gor Mahia in their very first match of the summer.

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

The Toffees are adjusting to life without the services of last season's top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, who made the move to Old Trafford last month and Everton supporters will be hopeful that Wayne Rooney can make an impact In his second spell with the club, having travelled in the opposite direction to Lukaku over the summer.

The Potters have won away from home just twice in 2017.

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