England vs USA: Can Sarachan's Men Ruin Wayne Rooney's Farewell Party?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 4:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 4:21 PM UTC

Wayne Rooney will come out of international retirement for one last game as England and USA lock horns at Wembley on Thursday.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/friendly-international/england-vs-usa-3656900/odds/" rel="nofollow" title="Game Odds">USA vs. England Friendly</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Wembley Stadium, London, Thursday, 3 p.m ET (ESPN2)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free Soccer Pick: Three Lions -1.5</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3656900, "sportsbooksIds":[43,1096,999991,238,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Wayne Rooney will pull on an England shirt one last time to lead the Three Lions into a friendly against the USA at Wembley on Thursday. The former England captain retired from international football in September 2017 after scoring a record-breaking 53 goals in 119 appearances. He is now strutting his stuff in MLS and he has impressed with the high level of performances he has delivered for DC United. He is now set for one last hurrah for his country and he will be desperate to add to his goals tally before hanging up his boots for good.</p><p>You can find odds of +125 <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4531&amp;book= William Hill" rel="nofollow" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">with William Hill </a>on Rooney to score at any time in this game and that looks like a good bet. It is a friendly and his teammates will be keen to tee him up as they bid to give their former captain a good send off. Manager Gareth Southgate has picked a strong squad for this fixture and England are currently full of confidence after securing a strong 3-2 win away in Spain last time out. That followed a superb World Cup campaign in which they went all the way to the semi-finals, their best finish since 1990.</p><p>Captain Harry Kane has led the line with aplomb, but he is expected to step aside and allow Rooney to seize the limelight. The former Man Utd and Everton star has lost a yard of pace, but he should benefit from having quick, dynamic youngsters like Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho buzzing around him. Alternatively, he will play behind the striker in a deeper role and try to get into the box at the perfect time to wreak havoc.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/petercrouch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@petercrouch&lt;/a&gt;: Wayne Rooney could be in the England squad on merit... and don't be shocked if he bags a goal against the USA! &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/kDycJQRC7k\"&gt;https://t.co/kDycJQRC7k&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/GM4TOJvfQ9\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/GM4TOJvfQ9&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/MailSport/status/1061045829929222154?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;November 10, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Either way he should have a few chances in front of goal, and his strike rate at DC United has been impressive, so he still has the ability to get on the score sheet. The franchise sat bottom of the Eastern Conference when he joined, and he dragged them up the table and into the playoffs by banging in 12 goals in 20 games, providing many more assists and inspiring his teammates with his leadership ability. American defenders will be well aware of the threat he poses, but whether they can thwart him is another matter entirely.</p><p>The USA is in the middle of a transition period after failing to qualify for the World Cup this summer. New manager Dave Sarachan has used 2018 to bed in new players, with mixed results. The team has won three, drawn four and lost three of his 10 games in charge, and in that time they have scored 11 and conceded 11. The average age of his squad for this match is just 24, and he is expected to continue to give youngsters an opportunity to impress.</p><p>The USA is a massive <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">+1200 with Bet365 </a>to win this one, so the temptation is to bet on them to pull off an upset. Yet it would be risky to bet on an inexperienced American side that is low on confidence to pull off an upset on the road against an in-form England team. Southgate’s men are just -350 to secure victory with Bet365, but for more value you can find -117 on England -1.5 Asian handicap with Bet365 and that looks tempting. Spain were favourites to win the UEFA Nations League and England vanquished them in their own backyard, which should boost their morale. It is always risky to bet on friendly games, but on paper England look to have a better team and nobody will question Rooney’s commitment to the cause, so he could well get a fairy-tale ending to his glittering England career.</p>
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