It’s international friendly time folks and to keep punters from hitting the snooze button, Ladbrokes have spiced things up once more by extending the odds of both Wayne Rooney and Robbie Keane to score the first goal of the game for their respective countries.
As well as single-handedly dragging Manchester United back into the Premier League title reckoning by scoring five and assisting many more, Rooney has been firmly on song for his country as well.
England’s number 10 scored in both vital World Cup qualifiers last month against Montenegro and Poland and they were also the first goals in either contest to become the nation’s all-time leading scorer in competitive internationals.
Rooney finished the campaign as England’s top scorer with seven goals, making him the only player to have done so, in two separate qualification processes for major tournaments for the Three Lions.
Having gone two games without scoring, this looks set up for Rooney to deliver the goods once more for his country.
A move to the USA to play his club ‘soccer’ may have been seen as a step down for Ireland’s leading scorer of all-time, but class, as they say is permanent.
And the LA Galaxy striker was up to his old tricks in the Republic’s last game, where he scored from the spot in a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in Ireland’s final World Cup qualifier.
That made it four consecutive games for the boys in green that Keane has scored in, taking his tally to seven in that short-space of time which included a hat-trick against the Faroe Islands and he should be rubbing his hands with Latvia the visitors.
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