Allardyce hails Rooney

    Allardyce said: “Wayne has proved beyond doubt he is through his bad patch and why he is quite rightly regarded as the best English player in the Premiership.

    “His hat-trick was well deserved and it just shows the people who were writing him off were talking nonsense.

    “Apart from the third goal, there was very little we could do to stop him. The first two were magnificent goals made of outstanding quality.”