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England vs USA Predictions

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      England vs USA Predictions

      It’s over two years since Wayne Rooney featured in an England squad, but the Three Lions’ top scorer returns to international action for the last time this week. Having moved to the United States in the summer, it might seem fitting that Rooney will face them in his final appearance for England, earning a 120th cap for his country. Debate has run wild over the decision, which seems bafflingly out of step with the message that Gareth Southgate has tried to get across during his time with England. Despite that, will Southgate lead his side to another victory on Thursday night?

      Picking Rooney just as he starts to make an impact in the United States does seem like a stunt by the FA. Just as many start to forget old grudges and club rivalries as he excels in MLS, they bring back their former captain for what is basically a testimonial. That might be a cynical view, but then again, the FA did call up Leicester’s Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell for a friendly at the King Power as ticket sales failed to pick up. While it is supposed to be separate from the game, it is likely to have an impact for the hosts.

      The United States come here having gone a year without a competitive fixture. They’re used to testing out players in these games, while Dave Sarachan is approaching a year as the interim boss of the team. He’s trying to find a way forward for the side who failed to make the World Cup, and he’s looked to talented youngsters as a result. They’ve been testing themselves against big teams, and the US are likely to take this clash seriously. Meanwhile, the mentality of the hosts isn’t going to be quite so positive.

      Gareth Southgate’s side may be coming off their best result in decades, but they have raised their game for key matches. Their World Cup displays were strong, bar the two meetings with Belgium when the pressure was taken off. Southgate can try and insist that this is an important game for their development as a squad, but it’s still going to be interrupted by a standing ovation for Rooney at some point during the 90 minutes; either when he is subbed on or off.

      We still expect England to have enough attacking threat going forward, after all they’ve got the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford who want to prove themselves. Rooney will be hoping to sign off with a goal, while Ross Barkley has developed in front of goal. The issue comes at the back, where the Three Lions are set to make changes. We can see those stars being caught out by a USA side who have scored in 12 straight away friendlies, including visits to France and Portugal in the last year. They’ve seen both teams score in 10 of their last 11 non-competitive games on the road, so we’re going with BTTS here.

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