England manager Roy Hodgson takes his side into their second Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino looking for a good performance rather than the amount of goals they will score. San Marino are one of the lowest ranked teams in the world but Hogdson is understands the key is to sustain momentum within the team.
England won 2-0 last time out against Switzerland, with Hogdson insisting that there will not be wholesale changes for tomorrow’s encounter at Wembley. Apart from Fabian Delph who has been confirmed fit for the game tomorrow, England has a fully fit squad. Hodgson in today’s press conference highlighted that “the players have prepared vigorously and the training has been excellent. I haven’t seen any difference in preparation for this game than our last game against Switzerland”.
Hodgson highlighted that he hasn’t announced his team yet but is set on brewing confidence in the ranks but “there are a lot of players knocking on the door and want to get in the team so I might use one of these games to see a couple of players”. Although fans will be expecting plenty of goals, Hodgson played down talk of this “We’ve played other teams like San Marino and they do get better in getting results and not losing heavy”. England beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley in 2012 but the England boss stated “at no time have we mentioned goals and the number of goals scored; it’s about performance and building on what’s good”.
With Sturridge being injured Hodgson has relatively few options in attack, “we are not blessed with huge amounts of options but I think there is now competition which is a healthy situation for us”. Danny Welbeck has been in the eye of the England boss since 2012 and “is someone that he follow very closely, he hasn’t got enormous amounts of game time but it’s great he has got his move to be one of the first names on the team sheet”.
England look set to continue with the diamond in midfield with Sterling playing behind a front two of Welbeck and Rooney, the interesting dilemma for Hodgson is does he keep WIlshere at the bottom just in front of the back four? Wilshere’s best performances this year have been when playing further forward in his Arsenal side. England should be comfortable winners, with a good team performance in Switzerland last month, confidence should be high.
Expected Team: Hart, Clyne, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, WIlshere, Henderson, Delph, Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck
Prediction: England 6-0 San Marino
Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney to net a couple each in the England win, it won’t be one of the best games to watch but with the team will be building confidence.