England return to Euro 2016 qualifying action on Saturday with an afternoon victory away in Serravalle against San Marino (Kick Off at 17.oo UK time).
The Three Lions have overcome their poor World Cup in emphatic style during qualification so far, averaging three goals a game in their six victories to date. They ought to increase those ratios against whipping boys and continental minnows San Marino.
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There will be particular focus on Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane in Saturday’s fixture, with both men hoping to be among the goals.
The former shone in Manchester United’s Champions League playoff victory over Club Brugge, but has looked out of sorts in the Premier League. However, the promise of an England record may spur Rooney on against San Marino – two goals would see the Red Devil overtake Bobby Charlton’s national team record of 49 goals.
San Marino would appear to be the ideal opposition for Rooney to break the long-standing record.
Kane is a long way off those kind of numbers, and has still to prove that he can lead the line for the Three Lions.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward enjoyed a remarkable 2014-15 campaign-bagging 21 goals-but is yet to find the net this term and has appeared short of his typical levels during Spurs’ EPL outings to date.
Again, he should expect joy against an accommodating San Marino defence, and both England and Spurs fans will be hoping that the 22-year-old can kick start his campaign in Serravalle.
Elsewhere, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy were both surprise call-ups to the squad, and the pair will both be hoping to get some playing time to prove to Roy Hodgson that they deserve consideration for the Euro 2016 squad.
Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick have also been named, and the United pair will be looking to demonstrate that they ought to be key components of the coach’s starting XI.
England cannot call upon a full complement, however, with Phil Jones, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson all absent through injury.
Predicted England XI vs. San Marino: Hart, Clyne, Cahill, Stones, Gibbs, Carrick, Milner, Sterling, Shelvey, Rooney, Vardy.
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