• Wayne Rooney is congratulated after netting against Stoke (Getty Images)
A revitalised Wayne Rooney says he's relishing a new lease on life at Goodison Park after his winning goal in Everton's season-opening 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
13 Aug 2017 - 9:26 AM  UPDATED 13 Aug 2017 - 9:26 AM

Picked out by Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the stroke of half-time, the 31-year-old immediately delivered on his highly romanticised return with the only goal of a cagey encounter.

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.

Rooney's Everton winner seals dream Premier League return
Wayne Rooney enjoyed a dream return to Premier League action for Everton with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park.

After enduring a tough end to his time with Manchester United, the former England captain is savouring a second chance with his boyhood club.

"To play for this football club again is a huge deal for me," Rooney told Sky Sports.

"To score in my first game in the Premier League back at Goodison, the winning goal, it doesn't get much better.

"Today a good Stoke team made it difficult but it's important you win.

"We've got some tough fixtures coming up and it was important we got off to a good start and that will give us all confidence going into the next game."