Fans bet record-breaking amount on Rooney to score for England

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Contrary to what most people think, England fans actually still have a great deal of faith in Wayne Rooney to find the net at this World Cup.

More immediately, fans are utterly convinced that Rooney will score against Uruguay on Thursday and are so confident that a record-breaking amount has been bet on the Manchester United forward.

Fans have put a record £10 million on Rooney to save the nation from World Cup heartbreak by backing him to score in Sao Paulo.

Roy Hodgson’s team face the South American giants in a crucial clash, with the loser facing all but certain elimination from the tournament.

Many fans have called for the United striker to be dropped from the team after a poor performance against Italy, but actually the support is clearly overwhelming for the 28-year-old.

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It really is some show of faith from fans given that Rooney will have to do what he has never done before: score at a World Cup.

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, England fans have bet a record £10m on Rooney to rediscover his best form and score against Uruguay.

“England fans have given Wayne the ultimate vote of confidence – he will carry more cash to break his World Cup duck than ever before,” said a Ladbrokes spokesman.

Indeed, the bet is the now the most popular ‘player-to-score’ bet of all time, which is quite remarkable given that Rooney is yet to find the back of the net in his third World Cup.

So if Rooney does bail England out against Uruguay, many fans will have more than one reason to be extremely happy.

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