Wayne Rooney hits a hat trick as Everton defeats West Ham by 4-0

- Wayne Rooney hits a hat trick as Everton defeats West Ham by 4-0.

- 9th career hat trick, first since 2011 in Premier league and first for Everton.

- Says his third goal is one of the best he has ever scored in career.
Everton FC striker and former England international Wayne Rooney clinched a hat trick and a brilliant performance as
he helped his team secure a much needed 4-0 win over West Ham,

Asked if he has ever scored a better goal than the one which clinched his treble, Rooney told BT Sport: "I don't think so. It's one of, if not, the best goal I've scored. I hit it as well as I've ever kicked a football.

"To make it my first hat trick for Everton, I'm delighted."

He last hat trick in any competition came in a Champions League playoff at Club Brugge in August 2015.

"Great hat trick, great display from Wayne," caretaker boss David Unsworth told the BBC. "He was captain for a reason...

"Wayne has played in midfield before. He feels and sees that might be his role moving forward. Especially when he plays like that."

West Ham boss David Moyes, who previously coach Rooney at United, was not surprised by his performance.

"It's what Wayne can do," Moyes said. "He's always got goals in him and technical ability. He's got the knack of being in the right place to score goals."

Everton now turn their focus to incoming manager Sam Allardyce, who set to complete a deal and watched on from the stands, and Rooney said the club would behind him.

"Of course he'll be pleased, but for us as a team, as a club, it was important for us to show some pride. As David Unsworth said, we've been hurting," he said.

"It was important we got a clean sheet first of all, it has been long overdue, but [also] a victory to try and steady the last few weeks we've been going through."

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