Wayne Rooney marks 500th appearance in English league football with incredibly cheeky Panenka penalty for Derby

“Remember the name, Wayne Rooney!”

These were the words uttered by Clive Tyldesley when Rooney, who at the time was a plucky 16-year-old Evertonian, burst onto the scene in 2002 with an incredible strike to beat Arsenal.

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The boy from Croxteth would go onto have a glittering career, playing at the highest level
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It’s fair to say those words were more than justified as Rooney has had a wonderful career since.

He’s won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a Champions League as well as three League Cups with Manchester United, which is where he went after his first spell at Everton.

Rooney is also England’s record goalscorer with 53 strikes to his name, beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record of 49 in September 2015.

At 34, Rooney is in the twilight years of his playing career and is currently plying his trade as a player/coach of Derby, who are in the Championship.

Derby’s clash at home to Fulham on Friday night brought up a special landmark for Rooney, who was playing his 500th match in English league football.

He led the Rams out at Pride Park and marked the occasion with a goal from the penalty spot but it wasn’t your typical Rooney spot-kick of hitting it hard but accurately into the corner of the net.

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Rooney cleverly outfoxed Marek Rodak to calmly chip the penalty into goal
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Instead, Rooney did a Panenka kick to give Derby the 1-0 lead. Below you can see a clip of the cheeky penalty.

Derby were not able to hold onto their lead, however, with Fulham marksman Aleksandar Mitrovic grabbing an equaliser on 71 minutes as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.


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