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Rooney: I knew my overhead kick would go in

27 Oct 2018

Wayne Rooney chooses his special Manchester derby strike as he and and Alan Shearer relive their best-ever PL goals

Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer scored 468 Premier League goals between them, a combined total no other duo can rival. So choosing their greatest strikes was no easy task.

In an exclusive interview, the top two scorers in PL history both admitted their best-ever goals came when they were playing badly.

Rooney's defining moment came just when Manchester United needed it most.

Drawing 1-1 at home against Manchester City in February 2011 and needing a win to stay top of the table, Rooney found the top corner of the net with an extraordinary overhead kick, which helped Man Utd go on to claim the PL Trophy.

"I knew I had caught it but I was trying to turn around as quick as I could and it went into the top corner," says Rooney, now playing for American side DC United after his summer move from Everton.

"I've tried it many times and it's gone over or I've just not even hit the ball but I just knew it was going in."

Shearer's best PL goal

Rooney was on the pitch, as a 17-year-old at Everton, when Shearer scored his favourite among his PL-high 260 goals.

The Toffees were 1-0 up when a long ball was headed out as far as Newcastle United striker Shearer, who thundered in a first-time volley from distance.

"It was just one of those where I thought 'why not?', and very much like you I was not having a particularly great game," Shearer says of his equaliser in a match Newcastle eventually won 2-1.

"It fell nicely for me. It was one of those where I just thought 'hit it', and 99 per cent of those go in the back row."

After the full-time whistle the two strikers swapped shirts, with the Newcastle No 9 strip one of the first that Rooney ever received after a PL match.

"I remember, I was a bit further up the pitch and as the ball got headed out I just thought 'oh no'," says Rooney.

"I just knew what was coming and then, being right behind it, I knew as soon as you hit it that it was in.

"I will always remember, I went home and you did the interview in my shirt. I was there telling my mate, 'that's my shirt!'"

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