England - Italy Betting Special: Rooney to come up trumps for the Three Lions on the big stage

Our tipster Hugh Wilson take a look at the goalscorer markets for this crunch match for Roy Hogdson's men, with the Manchester United hitman looking a good bet to score anytime
After securing qualification last October, the wait is over for England as they meet Italy in Manaus in their first World Cup group match.

Much has been made of the Three Lions starting team, with questions being raised over Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. Italy themselves have had a few selection headaches, with Mario Balotelli continuing to prove inconsistent and Ciro Immobile taking his sparkling club form to the international stage.

With victory in this match vital for the side wanting to take top spot in the group, expect both teams to go for the victory.

The goalscorer markets makes for very interesting reading for England's opening group match, with Rooney and Balotelli leading as favourites for their respective nations.

Rooney has been questioned over his form in the big competitions for England, but the striker claims he's ready and fit for the World Cup in Brazil.

With seven goals scored in qualification for the finals, he certainly hit form when England needed him in order to secure their place in Brazil. bet365 price him at 6/1 (7.00) to net first, and 5/2 (3.50) anytime.

AC Milan's Balotelli is priced exactly the same as Rooney, but with the striker netting only once in his last 10 games, it would be tough to back him at that price, despite the 23-year-old seemingly upping his game on the big stage.

Daniel Sturridge, who excelled for Liverpool last season, is available at 13/2 (7.50) to score first. Despite his form for the Reds, he only managed two goals in World Cup qualifying, and with the striker missing numerous chances against Honduras in the final friendly match for England, it would be tough to back this price even though he did find the net against Peru in England's first warm-up game.

Serie A's top scorer Immobile was hugely impressive for Torino last season and is running Balotelli close for who will lead the line for Italy.

Despite the 24-year-old being in the form of his life, with the starting 11 not confirmed, the 7/1 (8.00) for him to score first and 3/1 (4.00) for him to net anytime are worth avoiding until the teams are out.

Steven Gerrard always gets amongst the goals for England in the big competitions, with the Liverpool captain tempting at 11/2 (6.50) to net anytime with bet365, especially as he is likely to be England's penalty taker should the opportunity arise.

With Rooney certain to lead the line for England, it's tough to ignore the 5/2 (3.50) anytime price, with the Manchester United man keen to dispel the critics and get England off to a perfect start.

If the match does finish 0-0 it will trigger bet365's Bore Draw Money Back offer which will see losing bets refunded on an even bigger range of markets than ususal. It already applies to losing bets on the correct score, half-time/full-time and scorecast markets but for the World Cup it has also been extended to first/last and anytime goalscorer markets too. Those extra additions make this a fantastic game for punters aiming for higher returns, especially with a tight game expected by the bookmakers.

Wayne Rooney to score anytime at 5/2 (3.50) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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