Striker Wayne Rooney called England’s World Cup qualifying draw in Poland a “decent point” but admits it was a below-par display in Warsaw (England 1/10 – To Qualify for 2014 World Cup with bet365).
The Three Lions secured a 1-1 draw in difficult circumstances on Wednesday after a downpour had forced the game to be postponed 24 hours earlier as the sodden pitch was clearly unplayable.
Rooney headed Roy Hodgson’s men into a first-half lead but they were pegged back in the second half to see the match end all square.
“Do England have to improve to qualify? Yes, of course. We know we can play a lot better than that,” said the Manchester United star afterwards.
“But at least we got the point. It was a hard-fought point. It was a difficult game, a difficult pitch. We weren’t at our best but we dug in and got a draw.
“We know we can play better but this is a difficult place to come. It is a decent point.”
England remain unbeaten in Group H after four games although Montenegro are only a point worse off having played a match less.
Montenegro entertain minnows San Marino next month to make up their game in hand.
England are currently 18/1 to win the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 with the host nation the 3/1 favourites with bet365.
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | October 18, 2012 13:56 |
Scotland boss Craig Levein has rubbished talk his job depends on the result against Belgium and says his focus is on winning the 2014 World Cup qualifier (Belgium 1/3, Scotland 9/1, draw15/4 – match betting bet365).
The Scots must defeat even money group favourites Belgium to have any chance of reaching the 2014 World Cup after Friday’s defeat in Wales.
Gareth Bales’ late winner for the Welsh means Levein’s men have picked up just two points from the first three matches in qualification.
As a result of Scotland’s poor start Levein’s position has fallen under the spotlight and there is speculation he could get the boot if they fail to beat Belgium.
The trip to Brussels will certainly not be easy, with the Belgians in a fine run of form following the 3-0 victory in Serbia on Friday.
Asked whether he would be able to continue if he lost on Tuesday, Levein said: “I keep getting asked questions about ‘what if this happens?’ or ‘what if that happens?’.
“I’m not prepared at all to enter into that. My job is to prepare the team for the game, they will be doing their absolute best as always and I’ve got every confidence in the players.”
The former Dundee United boss went on to say he had faith in his players and believes they have what it takes to beat Vincent Kompany’s men.
Levein added: “There is absolutely no doubt we have a big performance in us. That has been evident in a number of games we have played and we need that. We are capable of it.”
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Football, World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | October 16, 2012 13:45 |
The Republic of Ireland have been handed a huge boost ahead their World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands with the news that Robbie Keane has been passed fit to play (Match Betting – Faroe Islands 11/1, draw 9/2, Ireland 1/4 with bet365).
The talismanic skipper missed Friday’s crushing 6-1 defeat to Germany with an Achilles injury and was initially a doubt for Tuesday’s clash in Torshavn.
However, he has now returned to training and, after coming through Sunday’s session unscathed, looks set to return to the side for what is a must-win game if Giovanni Trapattoni’s men are going to have any chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup (Ireland currently 9/2 to qualify with bet365).
It’s not all good news for the Ireland camp though, after it was revealed that Andy Keogh, who scores his side’s only goal against the Germans, is set to miss the match.
The 26-year-old was involved in a clash of heads in training and the FAI have now confirmed he has not recovered sufficiently enough to be involved in the squad.
An FAI statement read: “Following training this morning in Gannon Park, Robbie Keane has been ruled fit to travel with the squad for Tuesday’s match against the Faroe Islands.”
“Andy Keogh suffered a knock to the head in training on Saturday. He was observed overnight by the FAI medical team and has been ruled unfit to travel due to mild concussion.”
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | October 14, 2012 15:39 |
Ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Poland on Tuesday, Wayne Rooney has admitted it would be a dream to captain England on a permanent basis (Poland 3/1, draw 12/5, England 10/11 – Match Betting with bet365).
The Manchester United striker was given the honour of wearing the armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard for the Three Lions’ 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday night.
England (20/1 World Cup 2014 outright with bet365) boss Roy Hodgson is expected to give the captain’s role back to Gerrard, who will return from suspension for the tricky clash against the Poles.
However, 26-year-old Rooney has admitted he has long-term plans to wear the armband on a regular basis for his country having relished the experience at Wembley on Friday.
He said: “As a young player, your dream is to play for England and once you do actually play, the next step is to try to captain your country.
“It was a great honour and hopefully one day it can be full-time.”
Rooney bagged himself two goals in the victory over San Marino and will be looking to add to his tally of 31 international goals against the Poles on Tuesday.
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | 13:05 |
Wayne Rooney says England are fully prepared for the threat posed by Poland following Friday’s comfortable win over San Marino (Match Betting – Poland 14/5, draw 13/5, England 10/11 with bet365).
The United striker, who captained the Three Lions against the minnows, netted twice in the 5-0 victory confirming his status as the country’s best striker.
The game was a good run-out for Roy Hodgson’s men ahead of the trip to Warsaw and provided a number of England’s (20/1 2014 World Cup outright with bet365) youngsters with some valuable international experience.
However, they’re expected to face a totally different challenge when they face the Poles who have a host of big names in their line-up, most notably Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
Rooney believes Friday’s win at Wembley sets them up perfectly for the trip to Eastern Europe and is looking forward to what will undoubtedly be a tough match against Waldemar Fornalik’s men.
“Yeah it will be [a different game against Poland]. We got three points here move on from this game and prepare ourselves as best we can for Tuesday,” Rooney said. “We know it will be a difficult game they are a good counter attacking team, so hopefully we will go there with the same attitude and hopefully we can get a good result.”
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | October 13, 2012 13:28 |
Wayne Rooney says he believes England need to score early in order to make sure they have a comfortable night against San Marino (England to win 6-0 – 5/1 with bet365).
England are 1/100 to beat currently the poorest international team, with Friday’s opponents ranked a joint-worst 207th in the world, behind the likes of Brunei, the Cook Islands and South Sudan.
They lost their first World Cup qualifier 6-0 to Montenegro and as such England are expected to rack up the goals in front of a full house at Wembley.
However, Rooney isn’t getting carried away with the notion the Three Lions will stroll to victory, claiming anything is possible in football.
The stand-in skipper says his experiences in the FA Cup with Manchester United have taught him never to underestimate the opposition and says an early goal is a must.
He said: “I’ve played at club level against lower league teams in cup competitions and they do make it difficult for you.
“They get players behind the ball, so you have to break them down. The key is to get an early goal. Then we can kick on from there.”
While Rooney (15/8 first goalscorer with bet365) knows he will be starting after being named captain, manager Roy Hodgson has kept his cards close to his chest regarding the rest of his team.
Hodgson has hinted he could rotate his options for the game, with Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Scott Parker and Ryan Bertrand all missing from the squad.
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | October 12, 2012 12:17 |
New Wales captain Ashley Williams has admitted the players have let manager Chris Coleman down and are ready to get back on the right track against Scotland (Wales 9/2, Scotland 6/4, draw 9/4 – match betting with bet365).
Under Coleman, Wales have lost their last five matches, hitting a new low as they slumped to a 6-1 defeat to Serbia in the last World Cup qualifier.
The Welsh currently prop up Group A having lost both their qualifiers and Friday’s clash with Scotland is a must win game if they are to keep their faint hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup alive.
Wales have not lost their first three World Cup qualifiers since the 1968-69 campaign and Coleman already appears under pressure heading into the next two games with the Scots and Croatia.
Williams says the Welsh players are all behind Coleman and claims they are ready to show their true quality against their Celtic cousins this week.
“We feel like we kind of let him down a little bit on the pitch to be honest,” admitted Williams.
“We really want to win the game for him because we know he is under a little bit of pressure.
“He has come under criticism, which people are going to do because of the results, but we feel it’s a little bit unfair because it’s not really his fault. It’s more ours.”
Wales, who are 50/1 to reach the 2014 World Cup, have been dealt a blow ahead of the game after it was revealed Adam Matthews would miss out through injury.
There are still concerns over Gareth Bale, who has a heel injury, but Joe Ledley should play having trained with his compatriots all week.
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | 12:04 |
Republic of Ireland striker Andy Keogh believes his side will not be under any pressure when they face Germany on Friday (Match Betting – Ireland 7/1, draw 7/2, Germany 2/5 with bet365).
Both countries currently hold 100% records in Group C going into Friday’s fixture at the Aviva Stadium, with rivals Sweden also remaining unbeaten so far this campaign.
Die Mannschaft are understandably the favourites to win the group, having not dropped a point in qualifying since 2009, but have looked shaky at times, despite their strong start, with rumours of unrest within the camp following their elimination in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s men (5/2 to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with bet365) have made a habit of upsetting some of Europe’s biggest nations in recent years and Keogh believes another disciplined display could help them seal a famous result.
“The pressure is on them to come and win, they are the ones everyone thinks are going to win the group,” Keogh said. “We have just got to go out, be disciplined, keep our shape, try to keep a clean sheet and just go from there.
“Germany are obviously going to be favourites to win the group and everyone will be saying the rest of us are battling it out for second place but if we can get points from Germany and it’s up to them to come and break us down and to beat us,” he added.
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | October 10, 2012 15:49 |
Wayne Rooney admits he has not been at his best when playing for England but stressed that he will always give everything for the cause ahead of Friday’s clash with San Marino (Rooney 15/8 First Goalscorer with bet365).
The 26-year-old made his England debut as a 17-year-old back in 2003 and has won 76 international caps to date.
The Manchester United striker has bagged 29 goals during his time with the national side but has never really performed to the best of his ability at the big tournaments.
He was disappointing in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups while hardy setting the world alight after making his delayed entrance into Euro 2012.
But the former Everton ace remains the Three Lions’ number one striker and one of the only players in the side who can unlock defences and create goals on his own.
Rooney was honest in his assessment of his England career to date after training on Tuesday and made it clear that he will keep giving his all for the national side as long as he is selected.
“I’d have liked to have played better for England but for whatever reasons, it hasn’t happened,” he said.
“But I can hold my head high and say I have always worked hard and given everything and I’ll continue to do that.”
San Marino are not expected to cause Roy Hodgson’s men too many problems on Friday but Tuesday’s trip to Poland will be a much tougher examination of England’s ability to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (England 4/9 Group H Winners with bet365).
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World Cup 2014 | Football Betting News | 10:46 |
Steven Fletcher is delighted to have finally ended his international exile and insists that he is ‘desperate’ to fire Scotland to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 (Scotland 10/1 to Qualify for Finals – bet365).
The 25-year-old has been in the international wilderness since making himself unavailable for the clash with Northern Ireland in February 2011.
Scotland boss Craig Levein has chosen to overlook Fletcher since that game, until now as he has included the in-form Sunderland hitman for the double header against Wales on Friday (Wales 8/5 Draw 11/5 Scotland 7/4 Match Betting – bet365) and Belgium next week.
“Everyone knows it has been too long since we last qualified for a major finals and I want to do my bit to help us reach Brazil,” Fletcher told the Scottish FA website.
“I am desperate to play for Scotland again and, like Craig, I regret that it has taken this long to come about. I’m sure we have both done a lot of thinking during the last two years but the country comes first.
“We will be going to Wales looking to win and there is no point looking beyond that game.”
Fletcher has been in fine form for the Black Cats since his summer switch from Wolves and will be hoping to improve his international tally of one goal in eight games following his five Premier League goals already this season.