A goal-scoring powerhouse and regarded as one of England’s finest footballing talents, Wayne Rooney could be the driving force this summer after netting seven goals in six World Cup qualifiers. His current hot streak surpassed 200 goals for Manchester United also to make him favourite to be England’s top scorer, and an obvious tip in individual match goalscorer betting markets.
The striker has so often been the focus of England’s World Cup dreams since his International debut in 2003, since scoring 38 goals for his country from 88 caps as England’s 2014 World Cup preparations concluded heading into 2014.
Rooney made his senior international debut in 2003, becoming the youngest player to represent England at the time and the youngest to score for the Three Lions also. Rooney was instrumental in England’s 2014 World Cup qualification, scoring a total of seven goals from only six appearances. Rooney ended a 2006 World Cup goalless after five appearances, and four years later again failed to get on the score sheet in his four 2010 showings.
The Scouse sensation made his senior debut in the Premier League with Everton in 2002, scoring 15 goals from 67 starts including a spectacular late effort to end Arsenal’s 30-game unbeaten run.
Plucked from Manchester United for £25.6 million in the summer transfer window of 2004, Rooney then set about making himself a star for the Red Devils scoring a minimum of 16 goals in all seasons with the club since.
Rooney’s 2013-14 form has been sensational for club and country, returning to his prime having netted 11 times prior to the start of the New Year for Manchester United in a struggling season for the Premier League giants he won the title with five times, the UEFA Champions League once, the FIFA Club World Cup once and League Cup twice.
After facing a race to be fit for the 2006 World Cup, Rooney was infamously red-carded in England’s quarter-final against Portugal. Stamping on defender Ricardo Carvalho in a 62nd minute possession battle, an altercation with then Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo added fuel to the fire as 10-man England crashed out on penalties.
Wayne Rooney World Cup Betting Tips
Rooney always provides the aggression to spark a game into life, and England will hope for a fit number 10 to head to Brazil as bookmakers agree that Rooney will be the favourite to top England’s goalscorers list in the tournament.