Wayne Rooney hits victor as Everton start with a win

Davy Klaassen of Everton is tackled by Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park

Wayne Rooney will make his first league appearance for Everton in 13 years, while Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane are among the likely debutants.

Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has been their steadying influence in midfield while Marko Arnautovic and Jon Walters could be relied upon for goals but they are all gone.

Manager Mark Hughes says Saido Berahino, whose fitness was questioned last season, is "in great shape".

The 41-cap global had an injury-interrupted campaign previous year, featuring just 13 times for his club, while his appearances for his country last October led to a war of words between Everton and Ireland team management. It gives them the chance to wipe the slate clean and start all over again without the past weighing heavily on their future.

Ronald Koeman's men started their season on the right note after eliminating Ruzomberok in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. That is a good signal for everybody.

"In hard moments, he showed his experience". We followed Stoke in pre-season, they had a lot of games.

"If you look to the team this Saturday and the bench you cannot compare it to the big six". The Blues started the match poorly, and the tactical setup was unusual at best. "But I always look to be realistic".

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Rooney, who was full of invention and energy throughout, rose well to meet a fine Dominic Calvert-Lewin cross with a looping header into the far corner on the stroke of half-time. But Koeman believes his rivals have gotten even stronger than last season. Their only defeats came against Liverpool and Chelsea.

After moving back to Everton this summer, the chance to pull on the Blue shirt again and play at Goodison Park in the Premier League, in front of my family and friends, really excites me, which is why our opening game against Stoke can not come soon enough.

"Everybody is looking forward to the start of the Premier League and is ready".

The glow from Rooney's 199th Premier League goal was nearly erased when Fletcher went close to equalising after half-time with a stinging strike.

The Potters have won away from home just twice in 2017. "If you look at my team this weekend, and the bench, you can not compare it to the big six".

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