Barkley to Rooney - 'Goal of the season' says one Everton home-grown hero to another

Wayne Rooney's wondergoal yesterday was appreciated by Everton star Ross Barkley.

Yesterday saw Wayne Rooney score what will surely go down as one of the greatest goals in Premier League history.

In front of a watching David Beckham he outmuscled his opponent James Tomkins before taking a little glance and spotting Adrian well off his line.

Without a moment’s hesitation he smashed a half volley goal-bound leaving a bamboozled and dumbfounded Spanish keeper stranded - like a half blind cricketer out on the boundary rope.

It was a magnificent finish from the England international and certainly a reward for his invention and skill.

After the game he was asked whether it was the best goal he had ever scored - tough choice really considering his plethora of options.

That overhead kick against Manchester City, the stunning volley against Newcastle United - or perhaps his very first Premier League effort, the one that bought ‘The Invincibles’ of Arsenal to their knees.

When Rooney curled in that superb effort against Arsenal as a fresh faced teen we all knew there and then a star had been born.

Nowadays Everton have a new home-grown hero.

Ross Barkley was also on the scoresheet yesterday - helping Everton to a 3-1 win against Swansea City that keeps the pressure on Arsenal in fourth place.

But after the game he must have got himself in front of the telly to check this game out - because he was one of the first to respond to Rooney’s absolute worldy of an effort.

From one Everton groomed star to another - hopefully Barkley will score a similarly stupendous goal at some point in the years to come.

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