Hitman Treble: England trio all boosted to get Wembley pumping

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Having totted up 8-0 and 5-0 victories on their last two meetings with San Marino, it is fair to expect goals from England tonight, and what better person to lead by example than captain Wayne Rooney?

That said, we have included the Manchester United striker in our Hitman Treble with Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling all to score at Wembley now boosted to a very tempting 5/2 (from 6/4).

With Jimmy Greaves’ third place in the all-time England goalscoring charts within his sights, the former Everton man is sure to be fired up to find the net in London.

And he has form against the southern European minnows too, with three goals in his last two dealings with La Serenissima.

A former team-mate of his could also join in on the fun under the arch, with Danny Welbeck hard to ignore in his current vein of form.

Since a move to Arsenal, the 23-year-old has found the net four times, with an inspired hat-trick in the Champions League against Galatasaray undoubtedly the highlight.

It’s not just at club level that he is flying either, having scored both goals in England’s victory over Switzerland just last month, and the former Manchester United man will find San Marino’s defence much easier to get in behind.

And getting in behind their defence is something that Raheem Sterling knows about all too well, having got on the scoresheet with a brace of his own in the U21 meeting between the two nations in November last year, with England running out 9-0 victors.

Having made his competitive debut for the senior team earlier this year, Sterling has gone from strength to strength.

Three goals for Liverpool so far this season leave him as joint top scorer this campaign for the Reds, and there is sure to be more to come.

Taking advantage of this big price boost looks the most solid way to approach this qualifier, with an English victory priced up at the none-too-tempting 1/250.

For those thinking Roy Hodgson’s men will repeat the 8-0 win they recorded the last time these two crossed paths can get 9/1, but this treble certainly looks worth investing in.

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Ben Stones

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