It should be the easiest of openers but there is always room for debate and discord when England play, even against likely Group I whipping boys San Marino.
The last six meetings have gone the way of the Three Lions by an aggregate score of 37-1, though that one scored by Davide Gualtieri in 1993 remains a matter of ignominy for England.
Thursday’s game ought to offer Gareth Southgate opportunities to blood some of the younger and more inexperienced players in the squad ahead of the summer’s European Championships. Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
Date: Thursday, Mar. 25 | Time: 3:45 p.m. ET
Location: Wembley Stadium — London, England
TV/Live stream: ESPN+
Odds: England -20000; Draw +3300; San Marino +6600 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
England: While key figures like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have their places set in stone for the summer’s European Championships, there is competition across the squad with impressive depth available to Gareth Southgate, much of which could be deployed at Wembley on Thursday night.
Kalvin Phillips, James Ward-Prowse and Jude Bellingham might just be battling for one, at most two, places in the Euros squad and there will be similar competition among the likes of Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a role as Kane’s backup. The coming days are the last chance for these players to impress Southgate in training.
San Marino: Fixtures between Europe’s traditional powers and minnows such as San Marino inevitably prompt questions as to the necessity and value of Kane and company racking up the goals against part-timers. UEFA’s Nations League was designed to address that, consistently pitting smaller teams against each other to offer development opportunities. In Group D2 Franco Varrella’s side at least showed signs of progress, drawing and keeping clean sheets against both Liechtenstein and Gibraltar, the sixth and seventh matches in their history that they have not lost.
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The 1966 World Champion is preparing for Euro 2020, and today’s match will help Gareth Southgate determine the squad for the upcoming squad. England took first place in Group A, ahead of the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Montenegro.
The “ three lions ” ended their entry into the League of Nations unsuccessfully , where in six matches they got three wins and one draw, which brought England to the third position. Today’s hosts unexpectedly lost to Denmark and Belgium, after the defeat from the latter (0: 2), the team defeated Iceland at home.
The smallest country in the world has the smallest achievements on football fields. The national team includes players from the local league and several footballers from the minor leagues of Italy. In the selection for Euro 2020, ” Shining ” has traditionally taken the last place in the group, where it lost all the fights and was able to score one goal, which is a success for the team.
In the League of Nations, San Marino achieved two draws, but the team’s rivals were Liechtenstein and Gibraltar. In the last two fights, Franco Varella’s charges drew 0: 0 with their modest opponents.
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England have scored fewer than five goals in individual matches and conceded only once
Gareth Southgate praised revitalised England trio Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and John Stones as they re-joined the Three Lions squad
He said: “There’s never been any question in our mind about the quality of all three players. All have had difficult times really, mainly due to injury.
“Jesse, of the three, you’d have to say is a little bit more fortunate to be in. I think Luke and John have performed over a period of time.
“We’ve got injuries in the attacking areas that have opened up an opportunity for Jesse, but I have to say his performances for West Ham have been excellent. He’s got four goals in six games.
“We know he can perform at the level, we know he’s been a really good member of our squad, both in terms of his general link-up play but he’s scored goals for England as well.
“There’s no doubting his quality. As I said, ideally, you’d be saying, you know ‘you need to do it for a little bit longer’ but that’s not been the option this time around.
“We’ve lost the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and then one or two others that have been performing well – Harvey Barnes, James Maddison – so there is a space there.
“We trust Jesse and we think he can play a big part in these three games.
“In the end you have to give players a lot of credit when they bounce back from disappointment, when they come back from difficult injuries.
“When they regain form, very often that’s been a lot of soul searching, a lot of hard work on the training pitch and adjustment in their preparation and their lives.