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Breaking Bets: Everton gem to start v Italy after Scholes backing

| 12.06.2014

All of a sudden, Paul Scholes has found his voice. Having spent his playing career shying away from any interview opportunity, the flame-haired midfielder has decided to unfurl his tongue like a lizard eating a fly.

Perhaps realising his need to make money now he’s no longer playing, Scholes hasn’t been shy in sharing some very forthright views on England’s players at the World Cup this summer.

According to the man Rio Ferdinand calls “sat-nav”, Jack Wilshere hasn’t developed since breaking into the Arsenal side at 17 and Wayne Rooney shouldn’t be guaranteed to start for Roy Hodgson in Brazil.

At least his latest prose had positive connotations, imploring the England manager to throw Ross Barkley in from the off when the Three Lions’ campaign gets underway against Italy, a game they are 21/10 to win.

Referring to his experience watching England’s warm-up friendly with Ecuador, Scholes said: “In the first-half Barkley went on a run and I thought, ‘bloody hell, is that Rooney?’. Barkley made me think of Wayne at Euro 2004. I had to take a second look because I thought it was Wayne. Barkley has no fear.”

The former Manchester United man goes on to insist that Hodgson must start the his young, attacking players against Italy, with Barkley getting his biggest vote for inclusion.

Having heard that news, Ladbrokes reacted using their new Breaking Bets feature by pricing the Everton youngster up at 11/2 to take his place on Hodgson’s first World Cup teamsheet.

Another price the company have “broke” follows the news that the England midfielders will be given a license to attack the Azzurri, a revelation that has led to an 8/1 price that either Steven Gerrard OR Jordan Henderson score the game’s first goal.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.