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.

Match in Focus


N Ireland v South Korea

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Korea have won just one of their last four friendly games
Expert verdict
Northern Ireland have got an excellent record at Windsor Park and will fancy their chances of beating South Korea. The visitors count Swansea’s Ki Sung-yeung and Tottenham star Son Heung-min among their ranks but they are among just four players that ply their trade in Europe’s major leagues.



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