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England vs Algeria – Rooney to push at the record books

| 17.06.2010

It’s time for England to get some wind back in their sails, with both Germany and Argentina moving above them as favourites to win the World Cup.

England now have odds of 7/1, following their rather disappointing 1-1 draw against the USA, making them the fifth favourites to lift the trophy.

The good news is that England have never lost to an African side, so they go into the match against Algeria as huge favourites to win, with odds of 1/4.

In fact, rather excitingly, England drew their first match before winning the second one in 1966. And, well, everyone knows what happened next.

As things stand, the odds for England making it through to the Last 16  are 1/16 – reflected by the fact that you’d have to go all the way back to 1958 to find the last time that England didn’t make it past the first phase.

BUT BEWARE. Algeria famously put one over on the Germans back in 1982 – winning their group match 2-1 – and were they to repeat that famous victory, you can get them at odds of 28/1.

As for the goalscorers, two more international goals would find Wayne Rooney barging his way into the top ten of England’s all time scorers – he’s now on 25, he would join David Platt on 27. His odds to score first are 3/1.

But with Crouch fighting for a place in the starting line up, his better scoring ratio (21 in 39 matches) could make him a rather more tempting option, with odds of 9/2.

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Ed Needham