England’s Group D-inaugurating tussle with Italy is finally upon us – the time for soul searching is over, the time for (first) scorer searching is now.
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When your’re talking Three Lions, the statistically-savvy punter can look no further than 6/1 shot Daniel Sturridge, who, nudge, nudge, helped himself to three braces in 2013/14.
Sturridge strikes saw first-scorer backers rewarded seven times in the Premier League last season.
Only his unstoppable mucker Luis Suarez and Olivier Giroud were more profitable partners when it came to this punting medium in the domestic campaign just gone.
A massive 14 of the Birmingham boy’s 22 league goals in 2013/14 came in the first half.
‘Estoo-ree-gee’, as the Brazilians might call him, and his Liverpool mates spent much of last term blowing teams away well before the oranges – his taste for the opener has never been keener.
Bad news for the Azzurri…
Italy conceded before the break in every qualifier in which they shipped en route to Brazil.
‘Catenaccio’ may be in their DNA, but Cesare Prandelli’s men still gave up nine goals in their ten Group B outings, going in at half time with sheets sullied each time they failed to record a shutout.
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The Liverpool hotshot has opened the scoring on his last two England starts.