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The young striker swung in a ideal cross that found Rooney in a surprising amount of his space and the veteran used all his experience to send the ball back across the 'keeper to send Everton into the dressing room a goal to the good.

While the Irishman has returned to training after missing out on the last pre-season game against Sevilla due to a knee knock, he's being left out of Saturday's matchday squad as a precautionary measure.

Ronald Koeman's men started their season on the right note after eliminating Ruzomberok in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

The overall record favours Everton, as they have registered 8W 5L and 6D in 19 matches against Stoke.

Mark Hughes's side welcomed Bojan Krkic back following his loan spell in Germany and it was he who drifted a cross-cum-shot over the bar late in the first half as Stoke briefly threatened. "But I always look to be realistic".

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"We kept on pushing and over the course of 90 minutes, Everton didn't really have too many clear cut chances so we restricted a very good side who spent a lot of money and have got a lot of quality". A very clever buildup initiated by Idrissa Gueye, Sandro Ramirez, and Wayne Rooney was punctuated by a brilliant cross from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton earned 43 points at home last season, their highest tally for 27 years. Both teams will start their Premier League campaign this Saturday at Goodison Park.

It was October 15 before Stoke collected their first league win last season, September 26 the season before that and September 29 the campaign before that.

The Potters have won away from home just twice in 2017.

Meanwhile Everton striker Wayne Rooney is set to make his second Premier League debut for the Toffees after Koeman revealed that he had been selected to start this weekend. "If you look at my team this weekend, and the bench, you can not compare it to the big six".

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