England vs USA predictions and betting tips for Thursday evening’s Wayne Rooney Foundation International fixture. Kick-off is at 8:00pm on the 15th November and our tipster has selected three recommended bets.
This will be the 120th and final time Wayne Rooney pulls on the Three Lions jersey, with England’s record goalscorer set to officially bow out here.
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There’s no getting away from it – the USA men’s national football team have taken a turn for the worse in recent months and are currently overseen by Dave Sarachan on an interim basis. It remains to be seen who the Stars and Stripes will turn to in their quest for a permanent successor but Thursday’s friendly against England will provide American soccer fans with a glimpse into how they currently stack up against one of Europe’s best.
Their transatlantic hosts will use the fixture to commemorate a fantastic servant and combine the celebrations with taking the opportunity to look at some of the country’s lesser-known talents. I can’t see anything other than an England win here, with the crux of my confidence coming from the USA’s terrible recent form. They’ve won just once in their last half a dozen matches and have no right to expect victory on this occasion. I can see a lot of value in Gareth Southgate’s men winning with a -1 handicap, with Betfair pricing that market up at just a shade under evens.
Given that England went to Spain and put three past the continent’s most decorated nation in recent years, what price would you want on them repeating the trick against USA? Well, I had a rough idea in mind and am very pleased to report that the bookies have been kinder than I expected!
It’s fair to say that England should have nothing to fear here and that the most decisive factor in how this game plays out will unquestionably be the personnel chosen. If Southgate goes for the throat and picks a strong lineup then I’m certain they’ll score at least at least three. Even if a cluster of peripheral players featured you’d still be entitled to fancy England’s chances – and I do. Coral go 13/10 on the home side registering thrice or more which looks far too good to ignore.
Given the lengths the FA have gone to to provide Rooney with a farewell match, how can you look anywhere else for an anytime goalscorer betting selection? To say it would be fitting for the former Manchester United and Everton striker to pop up with a goal, would be underselling it slightly. The stage is very much set for the Scouser to enjoy one final hurrah – and what better way to do that than by scoring a goal. Football has a habit of satisfying the romantics and there’s certainly scope for that trend to be repeated at Wembley on Thursday.
If you’re looking to have a vested interest in the action then show me a more scripted scenario than ‘Wazza’ signing off with a goal? SportingBet are by far and away the most generous on this market and will pay odds of 8/5 that he adds to his current 53-goal tally. Would anyone be surprised?
England Win – 1/4
Draw – 5/1
USA Win – 12/1
England are massive favourites for this one, with 1/4 the best price you’ll find on them to win on the night. That’s not to say that they’ve been shooting the lights out in recent weeks, but they do certainly have enough in their arsenal to see off the USA with conviction.
A 1-0 win against Switzerland in September stopped a run of three straight defeats, which arguably protected the narrative that England had a lot to be bullish about based on their progress at the World Cup.
The United States – who failed to qualify for this year’s tournament in Russia – are unfancied and have only managed to beat traditional enemies Mexico since a 3-0 win against Bolivia in May. You can find odds of up to 12s on the Americans recording a rare victory on English soil – so rare, in fact, that it’s still yet to happen!
England -1 – 5/6 with Betfair
3+ England Team Goals – 13/10 with Coral
Wayne Rooney to score anytime – 8/5 with SportingBet
Read More: The Nations League is back and there are fixtures throughout the weekend. See all of our International predictions for the tournament.
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