Rooney Scores 200th EPL Goal
Wayne Rooney has once again proven himself one of the greatest footballers of all time, when the 31-year-old scored his 200th English Premier League goal on Monday evening.
Rooney, who returned to his boyhood club of Everton this season after 13 years with Manchester United, scored Everton’s only goal in their match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last night.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Rooney said that scoring his 200th goal was a ‘sweet moment’ for him and that he was also happy to be able to put a smile on the face of Manchester United supporters – Manchester City’s rivals.
“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,” he said.
This is the second goal Rooney has scored for Everton since returning to Goodison Park.
He scored during Everton’s opening match of their EPL campaign on 12 August against Stoke City as well. Everton went on to win the match 1-0.
Fans and critics alike have praised Rooney’s performance since making the move back to Everton, describing the striker as ‘rejuvenated’.
Rooney had a hard time with Manchester United last season. He was benched several times, and deprived of many opportunities in the starting line up.
His lackluster performance last season also impacted his international career, and he was omitted from England’s international squad for their last two clashes – despite being England’s all-time record goalscorer.
However, his most recent performances with Everton may see England manager, Gareth Southgate, call upon Rooney once more.
Southgate attended the match at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.
The English squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta will be announced on Thursday. Speaking about possibly being called up for national duty, Rooney said that he would be in talks with Southgate.
“We’ll see [what happens]…I am focusing on Everton…I am sure I will speak to Gareth Southgate over the next few days and we’ll have a conversation and see what happens [sic],” he said.