/Back with a bang: Wayne Rooney scores on Everton return

Back with a bang: Wayne Rooney scores on Everton return


Published 2:35 p.m. ET July 13, 2017 | Updated 4:05 p.m. ET July 13, 2017


After 13 years at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney rejoins childhood club Everton.

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Wayne Rooney scored in his first game back with Everton on Thursday, and was given a hug by a spectator who ran onto the field.

Rooney scored the opener for his boyhood club in Everton’s 2-1 win over Kenyan team Gor Mahia in a pre-season friendly in Tanzania.

After 13 years with Manchester United, it was an ideal way to mark his return as Rooney curled in a shot from around 30 yards (meters) in the 35th minute. Gor Mahia equalized three minutes later, but Kieran Dowell scored the winner for Everton with nine minutes to go — another long-range strike.

Early in the game, Rooney was hugged by a man wearing a Manchester United shirt who evaded security officials long enough to reach the England striker.

Rooney then gave the local…

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