Date: 13th August 2017 at 6:26am
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Wayne Rooney stands on the brink of scoring 200 Premier League goals.

His winner, marking his topflight return for Everton, leaves him a goal short – most importantly it secured three points against Stoke.

Rooney said ‘relief and emotion’ came out at Goodison Park when he headed past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland from a Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross ahead of half time to secure the Blues’ 1-0 win.

Having been involved in the build up to the goal Rooney, 31, finished off the move too to score his 199th Premier League goal some 15 years on from his first, obviously as a 16 year against Arsenal back in 2002.

Rooney told the BBC: ‘On a personal note, I’m absolutely delighted to score the winning goal at Goodison Park. It was a special moment for me. There was a lot of relief and a lot of emotion. It was an important goal just before half-time. I’ve felt at home since I first stepped in the training ground. I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time.’

His goal might have won the game but Jordan Pickford again justified his transfer fee when the goalkeeper made a fine save in added time to keep out Xherdan Shaqiri’s effort.

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