Jermaine Beckford ranks Wembley goals against Leeds strike at Old Trafford

Preston play-off hero rates his strikes at the weekend above his goal for Leeds United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, and his Premier League strikes.

Preston North End play-off hero Jermaine Beckford has been speaking about the thrill of scoring at Wembley, in an interview with The Mail.

The striker did not address his future, amid a report in The Sun that former club Leeds United have won the race for his signature as a free agent.

Beckford did say that he is still letting the feeling of his heroics sink in, and believes the accomplishment of a hat-trick at England's grandest stadium on the big occasion may be his best ever.

He said: "People have been saying: “Oh my God I can’t believe you scored a hat-trick at Wembley” and it’s almost surreal. Almost like I’m walking parallel to myself and watch somebody else live it.

"This quite possibly tops the goals at Old Trafford, Anfield, Stamford Bridge - there is a very good argument for that."

Beckford's career highlight prior to this point is generally considered as the goal he scored at Old Trafford for Leeds United as they dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup in 2010.

He added to his catalogue of goals while in the Premier League with Everton, who he played with for just a single season.

Beckford's Bolton Wanderers contract officially expires at the end of June, and his terrific loan spell and accomplishments mean he is one of the most sought after players in the Championship, with Preston facing a battle to get him to re-sign, despite the immediacy of his achievements with them and the connection with current boss and former Leeds manager Simon Grayson.

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