Wayne Rooney has claimed that that his opening goal against Poland is in part down to the loss of his headband, according to the Metro.

The Manchester United striker has been forced to wear the protective attire since sustaining a gash on his head whilst training with his club, but it fell off last night before he was able to head home England's first.

Rooney met a precise Leighton Baines cross late-on in the first half and guided it into the far corner, gifting England the lead and instigating the victory that secured World Cup qualification for the Three Lions.

However the 27-year-old has claimed that he may not have been able to have scored the header, had he not lost his headband.

"I went up for a header just before then and it [his headband] got knocked off and then I chased back and it was still up there, so I didn’t have time to go back and get it and put it on," Rooney explained.

"It probably helped me in some ways that it was off when the ball came in because I could direct it better with it off and obviously it was great."

He also stated he was hoping to play without the headband for Manchester United's fixture this weekend.

"I think it was the first time I’ve headed it without it on so hopefully, come the weekend, I won’t have to wear it."

The United forward was praised for his performance last night, and will undoubtedly be a key figure in the squad that travels to Brazil next year.

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