Rooney boosted to strike a blow for England against Peru

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While the debate surrounding Wayne Rooney’s inclusion in England’s starting XI at the World Cup rages on in some quarters, Ladbrokes is getting behind our very own Roonaldo with a special price boost on the Shrek-faced one scoring first against Peru.

The 28-year-old may have never netted at a World Cup finals but when it comes to the pre-tournament pre-amble, Rooney has been racking up goals for fun.

A total of 10 in his last 16 appearances for the Three Lions is impressive, with this tally including the winner in England’s 1-0 victory over Ukraine at Euro 2012, and Rooney has never been a more tempting price to score first.

Previously available at odds of 11/4 to open the scoring, the Manchester United man has been moved to 7/2 to get the first goal of the game.

Rooney was England’s top scorer in qualifying with seven goals and will be keen to add to his tally against Peru, having previously netted for the Three Lions during their thrilling 2-2 friendly draw with Brazil last June.

Almost a year on from that memorable strike – that came in a game that also featured a goal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – it would be somewhat fitting for Rooney to silence the doubters again with a goal.

The England man may have never netted at a World Cup, but while 2006 saw the striker enter the competition lacking fitness and 2010 saw him lacking confidence, four years on it could be a different story.

Top scorer for Manchester United this term with 17 goals following a troubled campaign, like the England team as a whole, Rooney heads to Brazil with the pressure off.

And while some in the media have questioned the mentality of the forward, an early goal against Peru could help hush some of those critics.

The 28-year-old has grabbed the first goal of the game in each of the last three World Cup qualifiers he has scored in and with the Wembley crowd behind him and a 7/2 price offer from Ladbrokes, Friday’s game could be your chance to tune-in and cash-in at the same time.

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

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.