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Wayne Rooney Reacts To Moment When He Contested A Drop-Ball Against Hull With Skinhead

Jack Kenmare

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Wayne Rooney Reacts To Moment When He Contested A Drop-Ball Against Hull With Skinhead

Wayne Rooney has reacted to the time he went up against George Boateng in arguably the greatest, and most violent, drop-ball contest of all time in a clash against Hull City. You can see the footage below:


On November 1, 2008, in a Premier League clash between Manchester United and Hull, a skinhead Wayne Rooney produced one of his more iconic moments to date.

At the time, Rooney was arguably in the prime of his career when this famous scene took place in-front of 3,000 travelling away supporters at Old Trafford.

The Tigers had managed to pull two goals back in the second half through Bernard Mendy and Geovani to make it 4-3 and, with United on the back foot, Rooney decided to step in and contest a rare drop-ball situation alongside veteran midfielder Boateng.

Image credit: Premier League
Image credit: Premier League

Moments later and the determined striker thrashed his right boot at the ball but completely missed, instead taking a clump out of Boateng's leg.

Then, in typical Rooney fashion, he threw himself at the ball while taking out poor Andy Dawson.

Well, 13 years later and SPORTbible spoke to England's all-time leading goalscorer on the red carpet ahead of the release of his upcoming Amazon documentary - and we just had to ask what was going through his head on that day at Old Trafford.

"Is that from the Hull game?", Rooney laughs. "I just think I was at a point where I was thinking, my hair was going and I just shaved it off. It was doing my head in. And that coincides with the tackle

"It pops up quite a bit," he added. "My eight-year-old son said the other day that he loves skinhead Rooney... I think it was more bald Rooney than skinhead Rooney to be honest!"

The former United striker was lucky to get away with just a yellow card from referee Mike Dean after the two quick-fire challenges against Phil Brown's battling Hull side.

George Boateng limped off after the violent swing of the right boot but after the full-time whistle, he defended Rooney by saying it wasn't just him who was frustrated by United's disappointing performance.

"It wasn't just Rooney, it was the whole team." he said.

"Look at the penalty Rio Ferdinand gave away. Normally, he'd stand up in that situation but because of the way we were playing he was doing a lot of running and getting disappointed."

Rooney - the only player to score 200+ goals and provide 100+ assists in Premier League history - is the top flight's second-top goalscorer of all time, only behind Alan Shearer.

He has achieved more in his glittering career than most but despite many notable highs, his career has been met with some memorable lows; something that will be detailed in this special documentary.

As you can see in Amazon Prime's trailer below, details about Rooney's personal life will feature in the film, as well as unseen footage from his childhood.

Featured Image Credit: Premier League

Topics: Wayne Rooney, Hull City, Premier League, Manchester United

Jack Kenmare
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