Manchester City star reveals secret to Rooney's success in the box

Wayne Rooney

Is the source of Manchester United and England forward's power the size of his block-like feet? That's precisely what Frank Lampard has implied!

Wayne Rooney edged closer to the England top goalscoring record as his penalty spot conversion struck against San Marino at Wembley Stadium in their European Championship qualifier last night saw Rooney's tally rise to 42 - just seven shy of Sir Bobby Charlton's haul of 49.

Rooney has also scored three and assisted two in six Premier League matches thus far this season - a return of one goal scored or assist provided for every 102 minutes he is on the field on average.

But what is the secret behind his success inside the opponent's penalty area?

Former international-level team-mate Frank Lampard, who is currently on loan from New York City to United's local rivals Manchester City, it is the striker's "block-like" feet!

"It was a great penalty," commented Lampard during his time spent in the Sky Sports studio on Thursday.

"If you see the size of his feet they are like blocks. He does it all the time in training when he side-foots strikes and gets such pace on them. Goalkeepers don’t expect that."

Rooney worked hard whilst wearing the skipper's armband but, in truth, could have had a hat-trick as he squandered a brace of one-on-one opportunities.

Regardless, Lampard appraised Rooney's display in a positive manner.

"It was a good captain's performance."

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