Rooney hits 200th Premier League goal

Wayne Rooney became only the second player to net 200 goals in the Premier League goal on Monday when he scored the opener in Everton’s draw at Manchester City.

The 31-year-old joined Alan Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals, and said it was a “sweet moment”.

Rooney sidefooted home through the legs of Ederson from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s pass in the 35th minute, only for 10-man City to hit a late goal in the draw.

“It was nice,” Rooney said after the game. “To do it today in such an important game for us, with tough games coming up, it was a sweet moment and I am sure the red half of Manchester will have enjoyed it as well.”

It was Rooney’s second goal for Everton since his return from Manchester United, where he bagged 183 goals.

He also scored 15 times for Everton between 2002-04.

Rooney has scored 156 times with his right foot, 23 with his left foot and 21 headers. It was his 462nd Premier League game. Shearer hit the landmark in his 306th game.

“To join Alan Shearer, that amount of goals, obviously a lot to do to catch Alan,” Rooney said. “No, but obviously it’s a great moment and hopefully a lot more to come.”

He added that he was pleased with his new role under Ronald Koeman.

“The manager has made it clear he wants to play me in the attacking positions,” Rooney said. “I have done that throughout my career and the thing for me is to play. I didn’t play as much last year and if you don’t play you don’t get that match fitness.”

Tributes flooded in on social media to commemorate the landmark.

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