Best Of Wayne Rooney

James Smith
• Tuesday, 05 January, 2021
• 7 min read

It isn't easy picking Jazz's most iconic moments, but we've tried to select 10 that best summarize Rooney's remarkable talents. Rooney’s scoring exploits may have seen him become the second-sharpest shooter in Premier League history, but his creative contribution should not be overlooked.

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Rooney’s raking pass, from inside his own half, found MVP on the run, and the Dutchman put United 2-0 up and beyond reach. There was the volleyed dipper for Manchester United against West Ham in 2014 (watched from the stands by David Beckham, no less), but it was his first-time strike against the same club three years later that became his most audacious effort.

Back at his boyhood club following 13 years in Manchester, Rooney scored the first hat-trick of his Everton career in November 2017. The Hammers' net minder found himself in no man's land after his botched clearance was met by the oncoming Rooney.

This finish from 12-yards in a routine win over Switzerland during Euro 2016 qualifying put England 2-0 up on the night, and ultimately made little difference to the outcome. But it had a monumental impact on the history books, given that it moved Rooney one clear of Sir Bobby Charlton in the all-time England scoring charts.

Evidently still too motivated and physically capable to even be in the States, the former England skipper’s performances for DC United transformed the unfashionable club from basement fodder to play-off contenders. In just his sixth game for his new club, and with the scores at 2-2, Rooney found himself chasing back from a corner to prevent an open goal in the dying moments of the match.

After winning possession on the halfway line, Rooney launched a 50-yard missile onto the head of strike partner Luciano Acosta. In January 2017, the United skipper rifled home a magnificent free kick to rescue a point against stubborn Stoke City in the Premier League.

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The strike was more significant than that, however, as it moved Jazz onto 250 Manchester United goals, surpassing Charlton’s long-standing record. The freckled 16-year-old had just smashed a howitzer beyond David Seaman to seal a 2-1 win and end the champions 30-game unbeaten streak.

It might not be best in technical terms (there is a hint of a deflection off Sol Campbell) but it still sums-up Rooney’s monstrous confidence at such a young age. Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City in February 2011 remains the iconic moment in British football derby culture, bar none.

The audacity, the execution (it went top bins regardless of what body part it came off), the fact it sealed a late win over United’s fierce rivals and the celebration that followed make it untouchable as a whole package. Age 17, Rooney had become the youngest goalscorer in European Championship history when he nodded in the first of two goals against Switzerland four days earlier.

With England trailing from an early goal, the “White Pele” (as Rooney was soon dubbed by the press) teed up a Paul Sc holes leveler before taking center stage. His low drive from the edge of the box gave England the lead, before a one-two with Michael Owen on the halfway line sent him clear to score a composed second.

Few passages of play sum up WayneRooney’s character and ability quite like those surrounding his volleyed strike against Newcastle in April 2005. Evidently miffed by some injustice, Rooney spent the moments prior to this explosive strike complaining to referee Neal Barry.

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As Barry ran off to, well, actually officiate the ongoing match, Rooney caught hold of a ball that happened to be dropping in his general direction, 30 yards out from. All that pent-up frustration exploded from the striker’s right boot as he sent his shot wailing into the top corner of Shay Given’s net.

United won 6-2 on the night, but the game will be forever remembered as the most iconic Old Trafford debut in history. Wayne Rooney announced his retirement on Friday morning as he now transitions into a managerial career, joining fellow England stars Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Steven Gerrard (Celtic) as players to enter the coaching ranks after hanging up their boots.

As one of the sport's greatest players of his generation, Rooney's greatness shined brightly during his two seasons at D.C. United. Though Rooney's time in the nation's capital ended trophy-less with two straight exits out of the first round of the MLS Cup, he still produced some magical moments.

After leaving his hometown club, Everton, for new pastures across the pond, Rooney earned the trust of his teammates and former D.C. United coach Ben Olsen to wear the captain's armband just three matches into his MLS tenure. In his first game as D.C. United's captain, Rooney scored his first goal with a clinical finish in what was a special moment that galvanized the club's fan base.

Basically by the corner flag on this goal, Rooney probably accidentally sent an intended cross too far into the box -- not that he or any soccer player would ever admit that. You've probably seen this clip a thousand times before, but it's worth watching a million more to fondly remember the best moment Rooney ever produced in a D.C. United shirt.

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Again against Orlando, Rooney tracked down an Orlando player who would've been through on goal had he not hustled back, made a well-timed slide tackle to gain possession and lofted a beautiful ball to the back post for former United striker Luciano Acosta to head home. '' Rooney oversaw nine matches in total, recording a return of three victories and four draws along the way, between the end of November and early January.

''In line with taking up the managerial position, Rooney has elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job.'' Advertisement “During that nine-game run we also dramatically improved their defensive record and registered five clean sheets in the process, while in the attacking third we became more effective and ruthless too.

“When I first arrived back in the United Kingdom I was completely blown away by the potential of Derby County Football Club. The Stadium, Training Ground, the quality of the playing staff and the young players coming through and of course the fan base that has remained loyal and supportive.

“To be given the opportunity to follow the likes of Brian Cough, Jim Smith, Frank Lampard and Phillip Coca is such an honor and I can promise everyone involved in the club and all our fans, my staff and I will leave no stone unturned in achieving the potential I have witnessed over the last 12 months of this historic football club.” Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has confirmed that Duane Holmes is close to leaving the club, amid reports that he’s set to join Huddersfield Town again.

Holmes began his career with Huddersfield, with the versatile midfielder making 26 appearances for the Terriers across all competitions after progressing through the club’s youth setup. Now, Rooney has confirmed (via Ryan Conway) that Holmes is close to leaving Pride Park this January.

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He was part of the side that beat Leeds United famously in the 2019 play-off semi-finals, but missed out on an appearance in the Wembley final as Derby fell to a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa. One of WayneRooney's sons has followed in his father's footsteps by signing for Manchester United.

United's record goalscorer posted a picture on social media of the 11-year-old Kai, the oldest of his four sons, signing a contract to join the Premier League club’s youth academy. Special night…. Congratulations Kai,” Rooney’s wife, Coleen, wrote on Instagram.

Elliot scored Charley’s first goal as Jamie Vermilion’s side fought back from 2-0 down to beat their local rivals Wigan Athletic 3-2 in the first round proper of the competition. In the second round, Newly and Charley defeated another League One club, Peterborough United, winning 2-1 at London Road.

Although they will be facing Derby County, a Covid-19 outbreak at their Moor Ram training ground has meant that no first-team staff or players, including interim manager Rooney, will be at today’s game. A Manchester United fan, Elliot is dreaming of an away trip to Old Trafford in the fourth round if his Charley side do prevail from today’s game.

Derby County, their opponents at Hillsborough last Saturday, are all isolating and the Rams first team and staff members are set to miss their tie with non-league Charley. In response to a worrying spike in the number of contracted coronavirus cases among footballers at clubs across the EFL, the governing body today announced the reintroduction of twice-weekly testing as they attempt to forge a safe way forward in their attempts to complete the season without interruption.

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As it stands an official club statement regarding the Wednesday results is expected tomorrow (Thursday). United's record goalscorer posted a picture on social media of the 11-year-old, the oldest of Rooney's four sons, signing a contract at his father's former club.

The former England striker had a glittering 13-year career at Old Trafford, scoring 253 times in 559 appearances and breaking Bobby Charlton's long-standing goals record in January 2017. Coleen Rooney, WayneRooney's wife, wrote on Instagram: “Special night..... congratulations Kai.

The Premier League champions have reservations over spending £23m or so on a 29-year-old with less than 12 months left on his Bayern Munich deal, however, particularly in the current economic climate. Manchester City and even Arsenal are said to have joined the fray for Thiago and Rooney feels his style of play would be suited to the English game.

‘He backs up that Bayern press, and he drops in between the center halves to take the ball yet can also join in when they’re playing around the other box too. The Greek played his first game for the club in a pre-season friendly victory over Stuttgart on Saturday and was set his “next challenge” by Jürgen Klopp in the aftermath.

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