Wayne Rooney seals stunning hat-trick with incredible goal from inside his own half
The Everton man has had a night to remember at Goodison Park as he welcomed new manager Sam Allardyce to the club with a fabulous hat-trick.
His first goal saw him nod home the rebound from his own penalty – as Joe Hart saved a tame effort – before he stroked home a crisp move for a 2-0 lead.
But his third strike was a thing of beauty.
Hart rushed out to slide the ball clear but it fell to Rooney’s feet inside his own half. The former Manchester United forward didn’t need to control the ball, he simply passed it brilliantly from range first time into the back of the net.
His second-half wonder strike sealed his first hat-trick in the Premier League singe 2,272 days later September 10, 2011.
The 2,272-day gap between the two hat-tricks makes it the longest interval between two trebles of the same player in the history of the competition. Incredibly, he has already scored more goals for Everton this season than he managed for United in the entirety of the 2016/17 campaign (five) and Allardyce will feel a lot more confident about the side at his disposal if Rooney maintains the form he’s shown tonight.
The Toffees will rise to 13th place in the Premier League with the victory and they are less than three points off the top half of the division, despite fear of relegation after a woeful start to the season.