There was surprising news a week ago when it was announced that Wayne Rooney had been included in the latest England squad to face USA in Thursday’s friendly although the reasons soon became clear.
While the 33-year-old wasn’t being considered for the Nations League clash with Croatia days later, the match against the States is an opportunity for Rooney to officially hang up his England boots and earn a 120th international cap in the process.
The Roon Dog has been lately featuring in America for DC United and he has scored twelve goals in twenty-one appearances that helped resurrect DC’s ailing season and actually get them into the play-offs.
It appears likely that the former Everton and Manchester United striker will lead the team out for the clash against the US and William Hill offer an intriguing 35/1 that Rooney bows out with a hat-trick.
Perhaps that is Roy of the Rovers stuff, although the forward is 9/2 with Hills to score the opening goal of the game and he’s likely to be given the chance to convert any penalties that come the way of an England side who are heavy favourites to win this clash.
England are 2/7 to win against a States team who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, with Gareth Southgate likely to field a fairly strong team and there have been some impressive English performers in the Premier League recently.
Raheem Sterling has probably been the most outstanding one and he’s 5/1 to score the opening goal in this clash, while England boast a strong defensive record and they are evens with BetVictor to win without conceding.
Ladbrokes go 6/4 about Rooney scoring at any stage of the match and it appears a likely outcome, especially as this is an international friendly and a goal would raise the profile of Major League Soccer in England.
Wayne Rooney to score @ 6/4 with Ladbrokes