Sterling stunner for City cancels out Rooney opener

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After falling behind to Wayne Rooney's 200th Premier League goal and being reduced to 10 men when Kyle Walker was controversially sent off before half-time, it was a creditable end result.

Rooney has always been a player who needs a run of matches to really get into his stride.

The goal was Rooney's 200th in the Premier League, joining Alan Shearer as the only other player to accomplish the feat.

Rooney has scored both of Everton's Premier League goals this season, following up his opening-day victor at home to Stoke with Everton's opener in Monday night's 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Rooney, overlooked by Southgate for matches against Scotland and Spain in June, made his England debut in February 2003, in a 3-1 defeat by Australia at Upton Park.

After striking in Everton's draw at Manchester City, the 31-year-old now has two goals in as many Premier League games since leaving Manchester United to rejoin his boyhood club.

City drew level late in the second half through Raheem Sterling but they have now gone three games without a league win over Everton.

"He has proven when he is given a chance to play a number of games, he normally scores a number of goals, so his record for his country and his teams has been second to none".

He scored another landmark goal, he raged at the referee, he tackled back, and covered every blade of grass for his team's cause.

The photo shows an identical scene when Rooney scored against the Citizens years back, but in the Red of Man Utd. 'There are a lot of good centre-halves out there at the minute.

"I am focusing on Everton", said Rooney when asked about his chances of a call-up.

Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah has been mentioned, but I don't think he has been starting regularly enough in the top flight yet.

Manchester City has spent $288.65 million in the transfer market so far this summer.

City nearly won it in the final seconds of the game but Davy Klaassen made a timely clearance from a risky cross away for a corner.

"I'll speak to Gareth [Southgate] over next few days, we'll have a conversation and see what happens".



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