The Punter: Get on the ball with Rooney to score a few golden goals
World Cup fever is growing quicker than dandelions on the summer meadows and all attention will soon focus on England and Wayne Rooney.
Before plunging in on bets, take time to look out for money-back offers.
For example, Paddy Power will return losing stakes on first/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast wagers if Rooney scores at any time in England’s opening fixture against the USA on Saturday week.
Similarly, there are those offering stake returns — limited to around £200 — on outright bets if Spain lift the trophy on July 11 or if your team is eliminated from the competition on penalties.
It’s important to take every edge that’s available and no doubt there will be many more on offer before everything kicks off on Friday week.
Rooney was always the first player on the 23-man squad sheet and one bet to give the ‘big-e’ to is Wayne not to score a goal throughout the tournament.
Odds of 8-1 will be in demand as much as Gordon Brown to be the next Labour Party leader.
Don’t get concerned that he has not found the ‘onion bag’ in his last eight internationals.
He is a class striker and when it comes to meaningful matches, it’s literally a different ball game.
Rooney was the second highest goalscorer in the European qualifying groups.
Yes, he failed in four matches in 2006 but he is twice the player now and it is surely unthinkable that he won’t score at least once this time.
W Rooney World Cup goals (Paddy Power): None 8-1; one 9-2; two 4-1; three |7-2; three or more 8-13 .