Anything Wayne can do, John can do better! Rooney’s BROTHER scores an incredible FA Cup goal from inside his OWN HALF to emulate Manchester United and England legend’s two half-way line goals against West Ham
- John Rooney, younger brother of Wayne, scored a sublime goal on Saturday
- The midfielder scored within his own half in Stockport’s FA Cup win at Rochdale
- It emulated Wayne’s Premier League strikes against West Ham in 2014 and 2017
Rooney by name. Rooney by nature. This weekend saw another stunning goal scored by this famous family – only this time it wasn’t by former Manchester United and England captain Wayne, but by his brother John.
John Rooney, who is five years younger, emulated his sibling and then some on Saturday by scoring inside his own half during Stockport County’s FA Cup first-round 2-1 win at Rochdale.
Winning possession inside his own half, the 29-year-old took two touches before getting his head up and firing a long-range strike that flew over 18-year-old Gavin Bazunu’s head and into the net.
John Rooney, younger brother of Wayne, scored from inside his own half on Saturday
Rooney’s stunning strike gave Stockport County the lead in their FA Cup win at Rochdale
Rooney (pictured playing for Barrow last term) emulated similar goals from big brother Wayne
It was a piece of instinctive brilliance from the midfielder, who turns 30 next month, and provided his side the platform to go on to win the match after seven minutes.
Rooney’s strike had the hallmarks of his big brother’s effort six years ago during Manchester United’s 2-0 Premier League win at West Ham in March 2014.
The striker scored both goals that afternoon at Upton Park but it was the former that was special.
Then, Ashley Young’s clearance found Rooney who rolled centre back James Tomkins before volleying a shot over goalkeeper Adrian’s head from just within the Hammers’ half.
Wayne Rooney scored just inside the West Ham half during a Premier League game in 2014
The Manchester United legend fired this volley to give them the lead at Upton Park in a 2-0 win
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was left floundering as Rooney’s instinctive genius beat him
The older Rooney has scored from inside his own half since then, doing so for Everton against West Ham in the Premier League, ironically, in November 2017. Then, he intercepted Joe Hart’s scrambled clearance and powered a first-time strike to complete his hat-trick in a 3-0 win.
He also achieved the feat in MLS for DC United against Orlando City in June 2019 – scoring the matchwinner in a 1-0 triumph.
With Rooney’s current club Derby County entering the FA Cup in the third round, the two brothers could come head-to-head if Stockport advance past the second round later this month and then are drawn together.
If so, the goalkeepers best watch their lines!
In November 2017, Rooney scored inside his own half as Everton beat West Ham 3-0 at home
That goal was to complete his hat-trick during their Premier League clash at Goodison Park
He repeated the feat during his time in MLS for DC United with this effort against Orlando City
The veteran was quickly mobbed by his DC United team-mates after that piece of brilliance
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