Savage: Rooney’s halfway line goal better than Beckham’s

Date published: Thursday 30th November 2017 10:24

Wayne Rooney’s goal from the halfway line in Wednesday night’s match against West Ham was better than David Beckham’s iconic effort against Wimbledon in 1996, according to Robbie Savage.

Everton won the match 4-0 against the Hammers thanks to a Rooney hat-trick, including a superb effort from just inside his own half after spotting Joe Hart off his line.

The England keeper had miscued his clearance and Rooney took advantage with a sailing effort into the net.

Beckham scored a similar attempt in 1996 as he was bursting onto the scene with Manchester United and BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage thinks Rooney’s effort was better.

“I think that’s better than David Beckham’s goal for Manchester United,” Savage said.

“It had power and pace.”

And Rooney admitted afterwards that it was probably “one of the best” goals he has scored in his career.

“I don’t think I’ve ever hit a ball better in my life,” Rooney said. “It might be one of the best goals I’ve scored, I don’t know, but just as important was the clean sheet.

“I’m glad we put in a defensive performance as well, because its what David Unsworth deserved. He stepped in at a difficult time for the club, he’s an Evertonman through and through and I’m delighted for him.”

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