England will play San Marino in the 10th matchday for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. San Marino are the second lowest ranked team, just above the Carribean island of Anguilla and the nation’s only win came in 2004 during a friendly against Liechtenstein where captain Andy Selva secured his team a 1-0 win.
They are unsurprisingly bottom of their World Cup qualifying group having not won or drawn a single match while their opponents sit at the top of their group almost assured of a trip to Qatar next year if they can win or draw against the mountainous microstate.
Their last match was played in Budapest against Hungary on Friday 12 November and ended in a 4-0 defeat and the last time San Marino faced the Three Lions, goals from James Ward-Prowse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Raheem Sterling and Ollie Watkins saw England win 5-0.
England played Albania on Friday 12 November and comfortably won 5-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Harry Kane and goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.
They require just one more point to secure their entry to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and it seems unimaginable that they would not be able to obtain this point in their upcoming fixture against San Marino.
Here is all you need to know about England’s final World Cup qualifying match...
When is England v San Marino?
England will play their last qualifying fixture on Monday 15 November 2021.
What time is England v San Marino kick off?
The match will kick off at 7.45pm GMT.
Where is England v San Marino taking place?
San Marino will host the final world cup qualifying fixture. The match will be played at the San Marino Stadium which has a capacity of 6,664.
How to watch England v San Marino on TV
England v San Marino will be available to watch on ITV1. The match will also be available to stream through the ITV hub website and app.
The coverage for the match will start at 7pm GMT
What’s the team news?
Jordan Henderson will not make the trip to San Marino and has returned to Liverpool to await further assessment on an unspecified injury sustained during international duty.
Mason Mount and Luke Shaw continue to remain absent from their international matches as Mount recovers from dental surgery and Shaw is still under concussion protocol.
It has now also been announced that both Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling will miss the final World Cup qualifying fixture against San Marino.
Grealish has returned to Manchester City for further assessment on injuries and Sterling has stated personal reasons for missing the match.
Crystal Palace’s Conor Gallagher has received his first international call-up. The 21-year-old featured in England Under 21’s win over the Czech Republic on Thursday and has scored four goals in 10 Premier League appearances since joining Palace in the summer.
Aaron Ramsdale is looking likely to replace Jordan Pickford in goal while Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings look to make up England’s centre-back pair.
Kane may hope to carry the momentum of his hat-trick on Friday into today’s match, but it seems more likely that he will be rested while Tammy Abraham comes in to fill the spot.
- England: Ramsdale, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Mings, Chilwell, Phillips, Bellingham, Smith, Smith-Rowe, Saka, Abraham Foden
- San Marino: Benedettini, D’Addario, Fabbri, Brolli, rossi, Grandoni, Lunadei, Golinucci,Mularoni, Nanni, Vitaioli
Given England’s world cup qualifying success so far and their victory over San Marino in March earlier this year, tonight’s fixture looks set to be full of English goals with the likelihood of Ramsdale having a relatively quiet evening.
San Marino may hope to have home support to help them, but anything other than an England win would be exceptionally unlikely.
England win: 1/80
San Marino win: 190/1
Odds courtesy of Oddschecker.
Predicted result: San Marino 0-4 England
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