I don’t know much about Wayne Rooney, but my impression is that he’s a pretty unlikeable character. The last few times I’ve been in England the tabloid headlines have either been full of his salary demands or his extra-marital activities. He’s supposed to be a great player, but has been resolutely unimpressive in the last two world cups, even managing to get sent off in 2006 for a ridiculous foul. So, this goal was really a bit of a shock.
Here’s a link to the Wall Street Journal that not only shows the goal, but also explains why you can’t see it on youtube (and I can’t embed it here.) And here’s a link to the same clip at the Seattle Times. Watch and enjoy. [Is it just me or does it actually come off his shin pad?]