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England vs San Marino: Squawka Says
Let’s be clear here. England should face no problems in overcoming one of the smallest nations in world football and without getting out of first gear are likely to rack up plenty of goals in an extremely comfortable home win.
Gareth Southgate’s England will be hoping to go a step further than in the last World Cup after falling short in the semi-final against Croatia in 2018. The Three Lions will begin their World Cup journey against a side they have only ever conceded one goal against
England’s Harry Kane ended the 2018 World Cup as top scorer, but whether the Tottenham Hotspur striker is played against the nation ranked 210th in the world by FIFA is unknown with games against Albania and Poland in the space of just five days after the clash against San Marino.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins were also called up to the England squad with Watkins expected to make his debut in one of the coming games for the senior squad after less than a season in the top flight with Aston Villa. The striker has scored 10 times in the Premier League this season but will be the third-choice striker behind Kane and Calvert-Lewin.
The last time the Three Lions failed to qualify for a major tournament was the European Championships in 2008 and the last time England failed to make it to a World Cup was in 1994. The odds are in England’s favour to qualify from their group which is shared with Albania, Andorra, Hungary, Poland and San Marino.
England vs San Marino: Match Stats
In the six games between the two sides, England have scored 37 goals against San Marino and only conceded once which came an infamous away 7-1 victory in 1993 which saw the hosts open the scoring after just eight seconds. Even if Southgate does rest the likes of Kane, there will still be room for Calvert-Lewin who has scored 14 times in the Premier League this season.
Calvert-Lewin has made three appearances for the England senior side and has scored twice in those games. The 24-year-old’s debut goal came in the 3-0 victory over Wales and after a four-game goal-drought in the Premier League, he netted in the 2-2 draw with Burnley in Everton’s last game.
5 September 2015 – San Marino 0-6 England – Euro Qualifier
9 October 2014 – England 5-0 San Marino – Euro Qualifier
22 March 2013 – San Marino 0-8 England – World Cup Qualifier
12 October 2012 – England 5-0 San Marino – World Cup Qualifier
England’s record against San Marino is pretty much perfect. If it was not for the goal after just eight seconds in 1993 then England would have never conceded against the minnows in their whole history. Thursday’s game will be expected to be a routine win for Southgate’s side which should feature some new faces.