Wayne Rooney is back playing in England, and he’s back on the scoresheet as well.
The 34-year-old bagged his first goal since joining Derby County from D.C. United – thanks in large part to a massive deflection – as the Rams fell 3-2 with Luton Town in Championship play.
The goal comes in Rooney’s fourth appearance for Derby County since joining this winter, having played the full 90 minutes in the previous three showings without finding the back of the net.
Just past the hour mark, with the game still scoreless, Rooney got a lateral pass from American midfielder Duane Holmes right outside the top of the penalty area. Rooney hit the ball first time, firing an effort that smacked the left knee of substitute defender Donervon Daniels and redirected perfectly into the top-right corner.
The game featured an insane finish, with Luton Town coming back to take a 2-1 lead. Derby County drew level with an 85th minute goal from Chris Martin, but Jayden Bogle – who assisted Martin’s equalizer with a fabulous cross only moments earlier – saw an own-goal give Luton the lead for good just a minute later.
Rooney has worn the captain’s armband in all four appearances for Derby County. The Rams are a disappointing 16th in the league table, having challenged for promotion the last few years, culminating in a brutal late defeat at Wembley in the playoff final last season.