England to win for extra confidence.
Last updated: September 5, 2015 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
It’s certain The English national team will have no difficulties in beating San Marino on Saturday. The only question is how many goals Roy Hodgson’s players will score in the home side’s net.
The Three Lions need a victory to be sure they’ll be taking part in the European Championship finals. Considering the strength of their opponents, the England manager can afford to give a chance to several players who are not regular squad members.
England can secure qualification if they beat San Marino away on Saturday and if Slovenia then fail to beat Switzerland away the same evening.
In addition, England are now unbeaten in 11 games since losing to Uruguay at the World cup last summer. The Three Lions are more than impressive in their qualification group, winning all the six games they played so far, scoring 18 goals and conceding just three.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy impressed with his recent performance and is included in the squad despite his recent fine for using racist language.
Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is also in the squad, because of his great performance from the start of the season.
Having scored twice against Slovenia in England’s last competitive game, Jack Wilshere is still not ready to return to the pitch. He is expected to be replaced by Manchester United defensive midfielder Michael Carrick, who is trying to get back to his top form.
England captain Wayne Rooney finally found the net when on Wednesday Manchester United visited Belgian Club Brugge. Rooney is now just one goal away from equaling Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals. So, the striker should be motivated to score at least once in San Marino’s net.
|San Marino (5-4-1):||Simoncini, Della Valle, Palazzi, Brolli, Bonini, Gasperoni, Battistini, Tosi, Vitaioli, Rinaldi, Hirsch.|
|England (4-4-2):||Hart, Clyne, Shaw, Cahill, Smalling, Carrick, Barkley, Shelvey, Sterling, Rooney, Vardy.|
|Subs||Butland, Heaton, Gibbs, Stones, Jagielka, Milner, Mason, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Delph, Kane, Walcott.|
So far this campaign
The England national team is unbeaten in its Group E, recording 6 wins from 6 games so far. San Marino are big underdogs and their players would be very happy if the team don’t concede many goals in their net.
|San Marino this campaign||England this campaign|
|0 (0)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (3)|
|—||Biggest win||5-0 vs San Marino|
|1 (0)||(at home) Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|2 (3)||(at home) Losses (away)||0 (0)|
|0-6 to Slovenia||Biggest Defeat||—|
|—||Top scorer||Welbeck (6)|
|—||Assist Leader||Sterling (3)|
|Y13, R0||Discipline||Y9, R0|
|6||Failures to score||0|
|0||Both Teams to Score Games||2|
|3||Over 2.5 Games||4|
|3||Under 2.5 Games||2|
- They have played each other five times in the past and England is as yet unbeaten. The biggest victory for The Three Lions against San Marino is recorded on 22/03/13 when the result was 8-0.
- San Marino, the hosts this time round, have only ever scored once in England’s net. In fact, they haven’t scored in their last 8 competitive games.
- Wayne Rooney is going to play extremely motivated, in order to equalize Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record. In addition, Manchester United forward has scored four times in three matches against the same opponent.
- San Marino have lost 64 of their last 65 games. In fact, the match they didn’t lose was against Estonia in this qualifications campaign. San Marino, of course, didn’t find the net, finishing 0-0 with Estonian team.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goalscorer|
|09/10/14||ECQ||England 5-0 San Marino||Jagielka 25′|
|22/03/13||WQE||San Marino 0-8 England||Della Valle 12′|
|12/10/12||WQE||England 5-0 San Marino||Rooney 35′|
|17/11/93||WQE||San Marino 1-7 England||Gualtieri 1′|
|17/02/93||WQE||England 6-0 San Marino||Platt 15′|
At both ends, we expect to see lots of goals from The England national team, a new national record from Wayne Rooney and a comfortable win that will be valuable points in their fight for first place in Group E.