Rooney welcomes Allardyce with stunner
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney claimed his first-ever hat trick for Everton with a stunning goal from his own half in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham yesterday in the Premier League.
Hammers goalkeeper Joe Hart unintentionally set up Rooney's wonder strike in the 66th minute after racing out on the right-hand side of his area and sliding to end Everton's attack. Or so he thought. Hart's angled clearance went to Rooney who was still inside the centre circle. Rooney lashed out first time with the ball travelling the entire West Ham half and over the heads of two defenders with Hart still stranded.
"It's one of, if not, the best goal(s) I've scored. I hit it as well as I've ever kicked a football. To make it my first hat-trick for Everton, I'm delighted," Rooney told BT Sport.
Asked if he has ever scored a better goal than the one which clinched his treble, Rooney said: "I don't think so."
The strike brought back memories of Rooney's famous goal against West Ham for Manchester United in 2014, when he unleashed a shot from just inside the opponents' half. Rooney rejoined Everton in the summer after 13 years with United where he scored a club record 253 goals.
Former England manager Sam Allardyce was among those applauding in the stands at Goodison Park ahead of his appointment as Everton manager, replacing temporary boss David Unsworth.