Wayne Rooney: It does not get much better than this

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Another Toffees debutante, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, also proved instrumental in the victory, producing an impressive save in stoppage time to keep out a goal-bound strike from Shaqiri at full stretch.

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. "That's why we signed him". "To score in the first game in the Premier League back at Goodison, and the winning goal, it doesn't get much better".

Everton and Rooney prospered after a pedestrian start.

Mark Hughes's side welcomed Bojan Krkic back following his loan spell in Germany and it was he who drifted a cross-cum-shot over the bar late in the first half as Stoke briefly threatened.

Stoke could hand debuts to Darren Fletcher, Max Choupo-Moting and on-loan Chelsea star Kurt Zouma. His influence grew thereafter. Twice he went for goal when team-mates were free and better placed.

Koeman replaced Ashley Williams with Cuco Martina at the break and reverted to a back four, a switch that saw the Blues improve markedly in the second half. Rooney made his feelings clear.

Although it was a performance that lacked cohesion and penetration, particularly when the side was labouring under the 5-3-2 formation, the win gets Everton off to a desired start to the new campaign. "That wasn't how it went but that wasn't Dominic's problem. It was not the best performance but we know we can do much better". We had to work hard for the win and for the clean sheet.

"We have some injuries, [Gareth] Barry was not available and [Ross] Barkley and [James] McCarthy and Seamus [Coleman] and [Yannick] Bolasie and [Ramiro] Funes Mori - then it is normal you get so many changes and maybe that was, first half, the difficulty. We can't ask for more than he showed today". We had a lot of control in the first half. He was always going to be part of the story today. "That was always the worry".

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