Danny Welbeck has become the ‘key man’ for Arsenal and England according to his Gunners colleague Jack Wilshere.
But it’s Welbz’s former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney who’ll break the deadlock for the Three Lions in Estonia this evening.
A price of 5/2 says the skipper continues his rich vein of international scoring form with the opener in Tallinn, while there’s also plenty of appeal in the 13/20 that he notches at any time.
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Based on his recent on-pitch exploits, it ranks as an excellent bet.
Three of the previous four games in which England have found the net, the 28-year-old has been on the score sheet.
In qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, the Liverpool-born striker scored first in five of the ten matches Roy Hodgson’s men contested, the first two of which he was unavailable for selection.
Of the five away matches England played in this campaign, Rooney participated in four, scoring three times.
He sullied the laundry of San Marino, Poland and Montenegro on their own patch, with his goals against the latter two, or the stronger pair of sides where his contribution was more important, being the first of the match.
In total, 14 of his 42 international goals have been the first of the game.
By contrast, just one of Welbeck’s 11 strikes – to make it 1-0 against Switzerland on the first stop en route to Euro 2016 – have rewarded those who’d backed him to be the opening goalscorer.
As if further claim needed to be staked, Rooney was also on target in his first and only meeting with this adversary, scoring the second of a 3-0 win for England in the ill-fated Euro 2008 qualification campaign.