At 8 p.m. local time, the Three Lions play their second Euro 2016 qualification game against San Marino at Wembley stadium. They will no doubt be looking to continue the good run of form that saw them beat Switzerland 2-0 away from home in their first qualifying game. San Marino on the other hand went down in their opening qualifier 2-0 to Lithuania.
Last time both sides met, which was in a 2014 World Cup qualification match last year, England notched up 5 goals against the 208th FIFA ranked team, and plenty more goals are expected in this fixture.
Unsurprisingly, England’s coach is sticking with pretty much the same line-up that saw him get success in Basel against what could have said to have been their toughest qualifying match. Sturridge’s absence from the team will probably mean that Hodgson will play Rooney and Welbeck up front in attack. The red card that Rooney received against West Ham will mean he can’t take to the field for United this month but fortunately for England it doesn’t affect international games. So he should be up for a big game, not that Rooney would need any extra motivation to get up for this one being the competitor that the England captain is.
An England win seems an almost foregone conclusion, it’s just deciding how many goals will be scored in this Euro 2016 qualifying encounter. Will San Marino concede more than the two goals than was scored against them by Lithuania? You would certainly have to think so and it could get quite ugly, regardless of the England side that takes the field later today. But with such short odds on the over 2.5 goals and outright winners markets, we like taking a punt on Danny Welbeck to be the first goalscorer, which is paying odds of 3/1 at Bet365.
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