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Wayne Rooney exchanges tweets with Alan Shearer after scoring 200th Premier League goal

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Wayne Rooney became only the second player to score 200 Premier League goals with his strike against Manchester City for Everton on Monday night.

The 31-year-old broke the deadlock at the Etihad Stadium with a composed finish past Ederson, sending the travelling Everton supporters wild in the process.

That’s now two goals in two Premier League matches for Rooney following his return to Goodison Park following 13 hugely successful years with Manchester United. His signing is already looking like a very shrewd bit of business by Ronald Koeman and the Everton hierarchy.

At 31, Rooney still has a chance - albeit a slim one - of becoming the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer before he retires.

However, he still finds himself 60 goals behind the current record holder, Alan Shearer.

Shearer sends classy tweet to Rooney

Shearer, who played for Blackburn Rovers and his beloved Newcastle United, was an absolute goal machine.

The former England striker netted a remarkable 260 Premier League during his illustrious career and, until Monday, was the only player to have broken the 200-goal mark.

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After reaching that particular milestone, Rooney received a classy message from Shearer on Twitter.

“It's been lonely in this @premierleague 200 club,” the Match of the Day pundit tweeted. “Welcome and congratulations @WayneRooney 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼“

Lovely stuff.

Rooney responds to Shearer

Rooney then issued a response, which was just as classy.

“Haha thanks mate,” the Evertonian replied. “Happy to join you 👍🏼“

A moment of mutual respect from two proper Premier League legends.

Koeman pays tribute to Rooney after milestone goal

Rooney also received a glowing tribute from Koeman after the match.

The Dutch coach, per BBC Sport, said: "He is still the player that every manager needs in his team. He is back home. He is that teacher for younger players. We would like to win titles and he knows how to win titles. He has that cleverness to know the best decision on the pitch.


"Players over 30 need regular game time. He had a good pre-season - trained and played a lot - he is in the physical state he needs to give these performances."

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