San Marino are the visitors to Wembley this Thursday as they take on an England side high in confidence after an impressive display and result in their previous match in Switzerland, diminishing any post world cup heartaches.
Without showing any disrespect to their opponents, this is a game the England team will see as a chance to significantly boost their Group E goal difference, which could prove vital come the business end of the qualifying campaign.
England manager Roy Hodgson’s main injury concern going into the tie is the missing Daniel Sturridge, who has been ruled out of the next two qualifiers after suffering thigh injury in training for the previous qualifiers at the start of September.
In Sturridge’s absence, Hodgson will have the services to call on of England Captain Wayne Rooney, who will be fresh after missing Manchester United’s Sunday victory over Everton through suspension. There is also Danny Welbeck who has found himself in a rich vein of form so far this season, for both club and country. He scored both goals in the 2-0 victory against Switzerland and will be eager to impress his national coach once again.
In the 4 previous meetings between England and San Marino, England have managed to score an incredible average of 6.5 goals per game. England fans will be hoping for more of the same on Thursday, and you can almost guarantee they will most likely not be disappointed.
The last fixture saw England put 8 past San Marino in a game which saw a Defoe brace amongst solo goals from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Lampard, Rooney, Sturridge – with the 8th being an own goal by San Marino’s Della Valle.
The fixture kicks off at quarter to 8 on Thursday evening.