Rooney cut for England return after fast start

WAYNE ROONEY has been cut to win his place back in the England squad after making it two goals from two Premier League outings.

The former England skipper marked his return in an Everton shirt with the only goal of the game against Stoke in the opening round, and also opened the scoring in Monday's 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Hills responded by going 4-7 that Rooney is included in Gareth Southgate's squad for forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.

Betway have halved Rooney's Golden Boot odds from 40-1 to 20-1 while bet365 go 6-1 to notch 15 Premier League goals or more this season and 100-1 that having reached 200 top-flight goals he goes on to break Alan Shearer's record of 260.

England manager Southgate has decisions to make at both ends of the pitch as first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart has shipped seven goals in two starts for West Ham this month.

Hills go evens that Hart starts against Malta on Friday, September 1, while it's 5-2 that Jack Butland is handed the gloves and 11-4 that Southgate goes with Jordan Pickford.

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Arsenal v West Brom

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  • Four of the last five home meetings ended 1-0 or 2-0
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After a couple of tough games against Cologne and Chelsea last week Arsenal will be nicely rested for this Monday clash and should gain a workmanlike victory. West Brom have managed just four goals in five league games and this is a chance for the Gunners to steady their defence.

 

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