England v USA World Cup 2010
June 12, 2010 - Kick off 19.30 GMT
If England supporters had been offered a choice between Rio Ferdinand or Wayne Rooney missing the 2010 World Cup, 99% would have selected the former. While Ledley King should comfortably fit alongside John Terry, the Manchester United striker is crucial to the Three Lions‘ hopes of winning this competition. It‘s likely that Emile Heskey will also start up front, with manager Fabio Capello hoping that the Aston Villa front man can out pressure on a creaking American defence which seems short of quality.
The result is everything in the opening group game and the States will be reasonably confident after a recent 3-1 warm-up win against Australia, which featured a brace from Edson Buddle. However, while he, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey might create a few problems for the England defence, the weak link is Carlos Bocanegra in defence and manager Bob Bradley will be concerned at the lack of coordination within the team against the Socceroos. It seems like Joe Cole has played his way into the starting XI and he should compliment Aaron Lennon on the opposite flank to help England to a comfortable victory.
Best odds for the England win is 1.50 with bet365.
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