England vs USA: Rooney can enjoy successful swansong

England vs USA: Rooney can enjoy successful swansong

Kick-off: 2000, 15/11/2018

Stadium: Wembley

TV: Sky Sports

England will honour Wayne Rooney with a cameo appearance during Thursday’s clash with the USA but securing a Wembley win should still be important to Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions are looking to maintain the momentum of last month’s 3-2 triumph in Spain ahead of Sunday’s Nations League clash with Croatia.

We’re snapping up Evens for a professional home win to nil as our first England vs USA prediction.

A Look At England’s Betting Odds

England have responded well to September’s 2-1 loss to La Roja at this venue and appear to be building nicely towards Euro 2020.

Southgate’s energetic side secured a solid 1-0 success against Switzerland in a friendly before keeping another clean sheet when drawing in Croatia.

The Three Lions then belied big odds by beating a red-hot Spain team 3-2 in Seville, with Raheem Sterling bagging a brace and Marcus Rashford also on target as they led 3-0 at the interval.

Leicester defender Harry Maguire will be missing through injury this week, but Fabian Delph, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek return.

In-form Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson gets a first senior call-up, while Rooney is set to earn his 120th, and final, cap on the back of an impressive stint with DC United in the MLS.

This should be a straightforward test against youthful opponents and 11/2 for a 2-0 home win takes the eye from the England vs USA odds.

A Look At USA’s Betting Odds

Having failed to qualify for the World Cup, the USA are currently in a transitional period, bringing through a number of promising youngsters.

They were far from disgraced when beaten 2-1 by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in June, before earning a fine 1-1 draw with France in Lyon.

Since Russia 2018, the Stars and Stripes have had their limitations exposed when going down 2-0 to Brazil and 4-2 to Colombia.

However, in between there was an encouraging 1-0 triumph over Mexico and a 1-1 draw with Peru last time out provided more promising signs.

Werder Bremen-based 18-year-old Josh Sargent netted in that game, while Hannover forward Bobby Wood is another useful option up front.

PSG teenager Timothy Weah, son of the great George, will attract attention, while Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic and Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin are familiar faces.

The overall feel of this squad, led by interim boss Dave Sarachan, is that it is too much of a work in progress to trouble England, but they do have the work-rate to be competitive for a while.

Let’s go with 3/1 for a draw at half-time and then the Three Lions to win as a value addition to our England vs USA betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

Spain 2-3 ENGLAND – Sterling (2), Rashford

USA 1-1 Peru – Sargent

Head-to-head: England 1-1 USA, England 2-0 USA, USA 1-2 England, England 2-0 USA, USA 2-0 England, USA 0-5 England

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