2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: San Marino vs England

San Marino welcome England to San Marino Stadium as Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions look to seal qualification as Group I winners for 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

With a six point deficit to Andorra, rock-bottom San Marino enter this match with only pride to play for as they seek to finish the campaign with at least one point.

England meanwhile need just one point to secure qualification but defeat could allow Poland to snatch the top spot and automatic qualification with a win at home to Hungary, in turn condemning Southgate’s Three Lions to the Play-Offs.

 

Team News

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Matteo Zavoli is San Marino’s only absentee after being dropped from the preliminary squad selection ahead of Friday’s away loss to Hungary.

England have called Conor Gallagher up to the first-team squad after Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish withdrew through unspecified injuries, whilst Raheem Sterling opted not to play in the match due to personal reasons.

Luke Shaw and Mason Mount also miss out as a result of concussion and dental surgery respectively, which forced the pair to sit out Friday’s home win over Albania after failing to join up with the squad.

 

Stat Attack

  • San Marino have lost all seven meetings against England in all competitions (L7).
  • England have scored 21 goals and conceded once in three previous visits to San Marino (W3).
  • John Stones is the only player to have started in each of England’s last two matches against San Marino.
  • San Marino are winless in their last 60 home matches across all competitions (D2, L58).
  • Harry Kane has scored in his three away appearances for England in this qualifying campaign, as he netted once against Albania, Hungary and Poland but was an unused substitute against Andorra.

 

Prediction

Although all they’ve to play for is pride, San Marino continue to look hopeless because they were simply outplayed and toothless in Hungary on Friday evening which suggests that victory and qualification should be a formality for England here.

The biggest question for Southgate though is whether he rotates his squad and give the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish a run out or stick with the majority who started Friday’s clinically dominant win over Albania with superb game control and aggressive pressing.

I though can’t see this being anything other than a routine England win regardless of the team put out on the pitch.

Prediction: San Marino 0-5 England

Result: San Marino 0-10 England (England QUALIFY for 2022 FIFA World Cup!!)

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