After slamming home a trademark penalty against Slovenia, two more goals for England’s skipper against Scotland sealed a hugely satisfying international break for Wayne Rooney.
Goals number 45 and 46 at Celtic Park moved Manchester United’s captain to within touching distance of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record of 49, which has never looked more vulnerable.
So as one Old Trafford legend hunts down another in the England scoring stakes, bwin’s latest market on when the 29-year-old finally surpasses Sir Bobby’s long-standing marker, must be banked on.
The firm offer 3/10 on Wazza reaching the magical half-century in 2015, and given the way United’s number 10 is playing, and the amount of opportunities he’ll have in the calendar year, this price comes wrapped with a bow.
Eight games, including six Euro 2016 qualifiers are set in stone, while it is rumoured France and Germany friendlies will be crow-barred into the 2015 schedule as the Three Lions begin to get serious ahead of the next major tournament.
If games against Lithuania, Italy, Republic of Ireland and Slovenia haven’t already yielded the four goals required, then a September trip to the goal-mine that is San Marino stands out.
Rooney has hit at least the four-goal mark for England in six previous calendar years too, while 2014 proved his most productive yet with eight to his name.
That made it three years on the spin in which Wazza clocked up enough goals to break the record in 2015, while he’s clearly relishing life under Hodgson – racking up half-a-dozen in as many appearances to close the year.
Frank Lampard’s Three Lions retirement is an extra boon to Rooney’s chances as the designated penalty taker, which only adds little-needed attraction to this punt.