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England looks to build on momentum in friendly encounter with USA

Wayne Rooney England USA soccer friendly betting odds

Wayne Rooney will say his official goodbye to the English national side when he takes to the field in the friendly match against the USA at Wembley on Thursday. The veteran striker is the country’s all-time leading scorer and will earn his 120th and final cap before the Three Lions take on Croatia in the UEFA Nations League next week.

SHARK BITES
  • England has lost just one of its last 23 games on home soil across all competitions.
  • USA has won just one of its last six matches across all competitions.
  • England has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the two sides.

England making solid progress under Southgate

This England side is looking better with each game under young boss Gareth Southgate. First, they made it all the way to the semifinals of the World Cup earlier this year, before losing to Croatia in extra time.

Then they have followed that up with some encouraging performances in the UEFA Nations League. England secured a goalless draw away to Croatia, then put in a stunning performance to beat Spain 3-2 in Seville, racing into a 3-0 lead before the halftime whistle had been blown.

The USA, by way of comparison, is struggling coming into this game. They failed to make it to the World Cup in Russia back in June, and have won just one of their last six matches across all competitions. Last month they were comfortably beaten 4-2 by a Colombia side which was eliminated from the World Cup by England.

It is therefore of little surprise to see that England comes into this match as the clear favorite to pick up bragging rights. You can back the Three Lions to win at just -400, while the USA is out at +1100 to do the same. A draw is priced at +450.

A comfortable evening in store for the home side

Given the USA’s recent struggles and the upward trajectory England is on under Southgate’s stewardship, we expect this to be a relatively stress-free evening’s work for the home side. While it can at times be a thankless task trying to predict the exact scoreline in football matches – particularly friendly games – a comfortable 3-1 win for England is priced competitively at +1100 and may well be worth backing.

Such a result would then allow you to back OVER 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at just -125, and both teams to score, which is at +137. However, in an attempt to increase any potential winnings from this encounter, it is an idea to consider combo betting, where you can select multiple outcomes at higher odds.

For example, an England win combined with both teams scoring is at the much higher price of +225, with a home win and OVER 2.5 goals in the game coming in at -110. A total of two or three goals in the match is priced at +105, while OVER three goals sees that price rise to +175.

Three Lions should dominate proceedings

In truth, we are not expecting the USA to get much of a look in at Wembley on Thursday night. You can back England to win to nil (without the USA scoring a goal) at just -125, but England’s backline has been known to waver at times.

There should be goals in this one, however, with the home side at just -110 to score in both halves, while you can back them to actually go out and win both halves at +150. Given their recent form, it is certainly a possibility.

And with this match being all about Wayne Rooney, we are expecting him to get on the scoresheet to cap off his international career in style. The 33-year-old is at just -105 to score at any time during the game, while you can back him to net either the first or the last goal of the match at +333.

Rooney and England should see the USA off in London without breaking too much of a sweat.

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