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Manchester City 1, Everton 1: Rooney reaches landmark but Sterling denies Toffees

Manchester City 1, Everton 1: Rooney reaches landmark but Sterling denies Toffees

"The thing with me is to play".

Another iconic former striker, Gary Lineker, who scored 30 league goals during his one-year stay with Everton in 1985-86, was also quick to laud Rooney, and equally fulsome in his praise for another Blues' attacker.

Manchester City were held to a thrilling 1-1 draw by Everton in the English Premier League at the Etihad on Monday night.

Rooney teased Pep Guardiola's side after the match when, having been asked on Sky Sports what it was like to score against City for the ninth time in the top flight, he replied: "What, again?"

'I think we both have a good chance, ' he said.

The 31-year-old, who joined former England and Newcastle United great Alan Shearer in reaching the 200-goal landmark, added he was sure fans from his former club Manchester United would have enjoyed it too.

Everton, with a 2-0 lead, visit Croatian side Hajduk Split for the return leg of their Europa League playoff tomorrow before visiting defending Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.

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Rooney also admitted that Everton manager Ronald Koeman has told him that he only wants to Rooney to play in attacking positions and nothing else.

"If I am needed, I will be there, if not, I think Gareth understands that I don't need to come on trips for experience".

"I'll speak to Gareth [Southgate] over next few days, we'll have a conversation and see what happens". He's been slightly unfortunate that he's been our only world-class player for quite a while after the Golden Generation disappeared.

"I'm lucky enough I got a second chance and put it away but those vital moments are the chance before that, not just the equaliser".

We're not saying there's absolutely no doubt those two fans are the same people from four years ago and we're not about to conduct DNA tests to prove this theory, so you'll need to have a little faith for the sake of a good story.

"He probably is (under-appreciated)".

He was sent off as England's World Cup bid ended at the quarter-final stage in 2006, with the national side continuing to disappoint at subsequent worldwide tournaments.