Date: 28th January 2007 at 2:34pm
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Wayne Rooney seems to have found his true best form. The 21-year-old striker’s second goal against Pompey was just about magnificent and for the first time in this season, Rooney scored in consecutive games. Rio Ferdinand is not surprised but cautious.

Wayne Rooney rediscovered his joy in playing football, that was crystal clear. The Rooney of November or December would not have tried that chip – but now he seemed to be sure it would work. It did but we can’t expect him to do it in every match, as Rio warned everyone.

‘I am not surprised by what he did,’ said Ferdinand.

‘Wayne is a fantastic footballer. He is a joy to play with and a joy to watch.

‘I am so pleased he is on my side because he is capable of doing things like that. But people must not forget he is still a young player and still on a learning curve.

‘Sometimes, they expect too much of him. During this spell, when people have been questioning his goalscoring, Wayne’s work-rate and team ethic never wavered at all.’