It did not take the former Man Utd star long to make an impact on his return with his first club, and the 31-year-old was delighted with his effort
Wayne Rooney admitted he has long been thinking about scoring a goal for Everton again after hitting a spectacular strike in Thursday’s friendly win over Gor Mahia.
The former Manchester United captain, who completed a return to Goodison Park this week, marked his first start back in a blue shirt by firing his side ahead with a dipping shot from 30 yards out.
Ronald Koeman’s side went on to win 2-1 in Tanzania, and Rooney, who played the full first half, was delighted to get off the mark.
“To score for Everton again is a great feeling,” he told EvertonTV . “It’s something I’ve been thinking of for the last couple of weeks, once I knew [the move] was happening.
“Thankfully, I’ve done it and that 45 minutes will only help. I was pleased with it. It’s a good start but I think we have to improve still.
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“It’s early days and we knew it would be a tough game in tough conditions but I thought we did well.
“It’s always important to win the game but I think the most important thing today was we all got a good 45 minutes under our belts.
“Obviously there’s things we can do better but the most important thing is getting the minutes under your belt.”