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Dean Ashton scores incredible bicycle-kick goal for West Ham

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West Ham fans were left wondering what might have been on Easter Monday after Dean Ashton reminded them what an excellent striker he used to be.

The former England international was forced to retire in 2009 after a series of serious ankle injuries brought a promising career to a premature halt. 

But despite not playing professional football for seven years, he has still retained an enviable ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

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Returning to Upton Park to take part in Mark Noble's testimonial on Monday afternoon, Ashton contributed to the game by burying an incredible effort late in the second half.

Appearing for the West Ham All-Star XI, Ashton connected with a cross superbly, burying his shot past Adrian – who had scored his own sensational goal earlier in the game – to make it 5-3.

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The game would eventually finish 6-5 to Noble's West Ham, but Ashton definitely took the headlines following the final whistle.

Here is the goal

Here is some reaction on Twitter

Adrian's effort

As previously mentioned, the game also featured a rather comic effort from goalkeeper Adrian, who decided that today was going to be his one chance to prove he can make it as an outfield player.

The goalkeeper ran all the way from his box, dribbling around almost every opposing player before burying past David James.

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Dean Ashton
England Football
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Norwich City
Premier League
Mark Noble

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