Rooney becomes the 2nd player to score 200 PL goals
On Tuesday night, Wayne Rooney became the second player to net 200 premier league goals, after Newcastle FC legend Alan Shearer. Wayne was out to impress his international manager Gareth Southgate just three days prior to the selection of the international squad. Having rejoined Everton in the summer, Wayne Rooney has scored in two of Everton's opening Premier League matches against Stoke City FC and Manchester City FC. The former Manchester United skipper was in full throttle mode as he scored a left-footed beauty that moved swiftly past the Man City keeper, Ederson and finished it off with a spirited celebration.
"Of course, it was nice obviously with my history with Manchester United. I've scored a few times here. To do it today in such an important game for us, so early in the season, we've got tough games coming up, it was a sweet moment and I am sure the red half of Manchester will have enjoyed that one as well." Wayne Rooney said in his post match interview. The game opened with Rooney giving Everton the lead but Raheem Sterling, the 20-year old English player soon redeemed the match and gave City some lingering hope by scoring one past the Toffees' goalkeeper in the 82nd minute of the game. However, the match ended 1-1, with both the clubs taking a point home. The match had its ups and downs as both the teams ended the game with ten players on the field with City's Kyle Walker getting two yellow cards and Everton's Morgan Schneirdelin also receiving two yellows.
Despite the disadvantage that Man City faced with Walker's early dismissal, the home team gave the Blues a tough run and defended with all their might so as to keep themselves from losing at Etihad. Wayne Rooney has had a significant history with Manchester City having played for their rivals Manchester United for 13 long and successful years.
The English international, now touching on 32, gave a fine performance as he covered more ground than any other Everton player. Wayne Rooney will be looking forward to his name appearing on the list of selected players for the England National Football Team as they play Malta and Slovakia in two of their next matches.
"I'm sure I'll speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days. We'll see what happens." Rooney said in a statement. It will be interesting to see how Gareth Southgate views Wayne Rooney's roles in the national team after he was kept out of the loop against Spain and Scotland earlier in June.