Preview: England v San Marino

2014-10-09 10:05
England manager Roy Hodgson (Supplied)
England manager Roy Hodgson (Supplied)

Cape Town - Roy Hodgson's England will be targeting a big victory when they take on minnows San Marino in a European Championships qualifier on Thursday.

The Three Lions boast an impressive record against FIFA's lowest ranked nation, with the last clash between the two teams ending in an 8-0 victory for England.

Hodgson's side are expected to produce a repeat of that performance in Thursday's Group E match, despite missing a number of first-team regulars.

Daniel Sturridge remains on the treatment table with an ankle injury, with Danny Welbeck set to deputise in the Liverpool striker's absence once again.

Everton defender John Stones has been ruled out after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, while full-back Glen Johnson misses out despite returning from injury over a week ago.

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne could be the man to replace Stones, while Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is expected to start in the centre of defence.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph could retain his place in the starting line-up after making his debut in the Group E opener against Switzerland.

San Marino, meanwhile, will be targeting a positive result against England, having failed to win a single competitive match in their entire history.

In fact, the last time they didn't taste defeat was in a 1-1 draw with Latvia in a 2001 World Cup qualifier. They lost 2-0 at home to Lithuania in their opening qualifying fixture.


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