Man United man boosted to open the floodgates v San Marino

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With San Marino last experiencing an away goal in 2003 and the combined score in their last 28 trips to opposition stadia standing at a whopping 160-0, it’s fair to say that the entirety of Roy Hodgson’s England squad should expect to find the net at Wembley.

Four of the side – Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert and Raheem Sterling – are odds-on to score at anytime, indicating just how much of a betting desert the Three Lions’ easiest match in Group E is.

Thank god for Ladbrokes then, as they’ve taken the generous step of boosting Rooney’s price to open the game’s inevitable scoring.

The England skipper was the 2/1 favourite to lead the procession of net-ripples that will surely take place in London, but is now a far juicier 11/4 to find the onion bag first.

One game into a three-match ban for Manchester United, Rooney’s fresh legs means Hodgson is sure to at least start his leader against La Serenissima, which obviously significantly increases the forward’s chances of getting the first goal.

The Red Devil has scored three times for the club this season, of which two have come in the first half and one has set the scoreboard moving.

As well as the trio of United strikes, the 28-year-old Downing-booter has also scored once in English white this season, when bagging the first, and only, goal in the Three Lions’ home friendly with Norway last month.

With plenty of evidence to support the theory that Rooney will notch first taking Ladbrokes’ charitable price boost should be snapped up in a match with little viable betting options.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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