Rooney feeling good after first Everton game

Everton striker Wayne Rooney is eager to get stuck in and help the club be successful when the new Premier League season gets underway.

The 31-year-old started his first competitive game for the Toffees on Thursday in the 1-0 victory over Slovakian side Ruzomberok in the first leg of their Europa League third round qualifier.

The former Manchester United stalwart felt good after getting through the whole 90 minutes and believes he is ready for the challenges of the new season.

“I felt comfortable (against Ruzemberok). I am ready to go,” he told the club’s official website.

“It is a new challenge for me and I want to help us be more successful. Hopefully, I can help contribute to the team. It would be great if we could get a few of us scoring the goals this season, but we will wait and see how that pans out and just keep working hard.

“We will have to see how the start of the season goes and we will have to kick on from there. The most important thing is making sure we are right for the start of the season, getting pre-season under our belts.

“We are only a few weeks into pre-season, so we are still preparing. It was a game (Ruzemberok) where we had to get a result and we have got a good win to take to their place next week. We are pleased with that but, of course, there are things we can do a lot better.”