England will be without it to make to 9 points from 9 when they take on Estonia at the Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.
Roy Hodgson’s side have banished memories of a poor world cup in solid fashion with three consecutive win. A friendly win over Norway was followed up by qualifying victories over Switzerland and San Marino. The Three Lions have scored 8 goals during that run and have yet to concede a goal.
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While confidence is high amongst the English players following their strong start to the group, Hodgson is taking a more pragmatic view and has warned his team about taking Sunday’s hosts lightly.
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“I would be a bit wary of putting Estonia in the same category as San Marino,” he said. “They might surprise people who haven’t seen a lot of them.
“They’re very Scandinavian in their approach, and you know how good the Swedes, Norwegians and Danes have been in terms of work ethic and organisation.
“It will be a bit of a test, but I’m very confident we’ll see it through.”
Despite the note of caution, England will be confident of a result especially as their previous two meetings with the Estonians have ended with 3-0 wins.
Estonia opened their group with a 1-0 win over Slovenia however last time out they lost 1-0 to Lithuania. That game saw Ken Kallaste sent off, ruling the defender out of Sunday’s game.
England meanwhile have no new injuries worries with Daniel Sturridge not making the squad. His Liverpool team-mate Adam Lallana could have forced his way into the starting XI after an energetic performance against San Marino.
Another that could come into the reckoning is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal, like Lallana, also impressed from the bench on Friday and is in line to start.
England currently top Group E but are level on points with surprise early side, Lithuania. Switzerland, tipped by many to rival England as group winner, are currently second bottom after losing both their opening games.