San Marino v England preview and odds

England boss Roy HodgsonEngland travel to San Marino for this evening’s FIFA World Cup qualifier. England, who are currently 4th in the FIFA world rankings, should breeze past 207th (last) ranked San Marino squad.

Fans can cash in on this easy pick at Hititbet.com. After a convincing 5-0 victory last December, England are the heavy favourites to come out on top.

However, England will be missing some key players in this match. Jack Wilshere, England’s man of the match in their last friendly against Brazil, is side-lined with an ankle injury. Also, centre backs Rio Ferdinand, Gary Cahill and Michael Dawson have all withdrawn from the match.

England’s patchy defence should be hidden behind the team’s strong attack. San Marino simply do not have the athleticism or pace to defend strikers like Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Jermain Defoe, and Danny Welbeck.

Although getting three points will be the main priority on Friday, manager Roy Hodgson will be able to rest key players for Tuesday’s match against Montenegro. Also, this match will be a great opportunity for a newly assembled defensive line to gain some experience together.

A victory or even a draw would be a monumental achievement for San Marino. The tiny microstate within Italy has just 30,000 residents and struggles to field a competitive football team due to their population size. In their first 117 matches San Marino has managed just one victory (1-111-4).

Andy Selva is one player to watch for San Marino. The country’s captain has the most international goals (8) and caps (57). Those fans who have great faith in the small nation will profit greatly from an unlikely draw or San Marino victory.

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