One more game to prepare. One more game before our World Cup host is labelled false or justified. Thomas Rooney of footballtips.com looks forward to England v Honduras and gives us three facts ahead of the action.

Betfair are offering new customers a HUGE 3/1 on England beating Honduras! 

I don’t know about you, but World Cup fever has well and truly set in now. It’s less than a week to go until non-stop football for a month.

There’s plenty of reasons to be cheerful as an England fan too. We have an exciting young squad and can attack the group stages with confidence.

Before we kick a ball in Brazil though, let me state 3 World Cup FACTS for you. Some you’ll agree with, some you’ll question – but listen up.

FACT ONE – Wayne Rooney is still England’s best player

Yes, you read that correctly. For whatever reason, we’ve decided to pick on our best player ahead of the World Cup. He’s become a bad player overnight it seems.

Now, although it’s refreshing we aren’t as reliant on him – he still has to start and is still the key to our success.

Can we have a successful World Cup without Rooney’s influence? Definitely not. Just imagine him at his best, along with our bright young players.

He has a point to prove too and will work tirelessly for the team. The goal v Ecuador would have done him the world of good.

So – stop the Rooney bashing and watch him fly this summer. In fact, why not sign-up to Totesport and get 5/1 on him being England’s top scorer?

FACT TWO – England will beat Honduras 

4404950It’s crunch time for Roy Hodgson and the starting XI you see against Honduras is likely to be that he goes with against Italy.

The Ecuador game was the time to experiment, this is time to prepare for the Italians. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing who he goes for.

Refreshingly, we’ve got plenty of choice and although Ross Barkley is getting all the praise – don’t be surprised to see him start on the bench for this one.

We can then unleash him against a tiring Italy defence!

I’d expect:

Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Henderson, Gerrard; Lallana, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge

It would be great to see The Ox flying down the left wing ahead of Welbeck, but injury puts a stop to that. Raheem Sterling is then suspended.

Regardless, it’s a very strong team this and one that will be focused on this final warm-up game. We expect the Three Lions to win and win well!

If you’re as confident as we are, head over to Betfair and get 3/1 on England!

FACT THREE – Brazil will win the World Cup

I’ve believed for some time now that Brazil are well and truly the team to beat. They will deliver the goods too.

Neymar comes alive in a Brazil shirt and with his influence, home advantage and a settled back four – they will be very, very tough to stop.

Just look at the Confederations Cup last year – they stormed to victory and the pressure was there. Perhaps not as much as it is now – but it showed how comfortable they are playing on their home turf.

With this in mind, don’t miss out on 8/1 for Brazil to win the World Cup over at Paddy Power.

6 days to go – Bring it on!

 

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