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Goals, Goals, Goals. That will be the aim tonight when England take on minnows San Marino at Wembley.
A relatively comfortable win away to Switzerland in their opening European qualifier has eased the pressure on Roy Hodgson somewhat with the dismal world cup performances nearly forgotten.
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Securing top spot in the group should lead to full redemption for Roy and his boys with the game against San Marino another step on the ladder.
With the win almost accepted, the focus will be on the performance. A big win would sent out the right message to rivals and fans alike. They will be certainly be confident of getting one.
A Hybrid friendly win and draw against Bellaria Igea and San Marino Calcio aside it has been a miserable few months for San Marino football. In the last 12 months they have played the Ukraine, Albania and Lichtenstein, scoring 0 goals and conceding 13.
Thursday’s clash will be their fifth meeting with the record very much in England’s favour. It reads; played four, won four, conceded one and scored 26.
The last time these met was in a world cup qualifier 18 months ago when England scored 8. Three of the goal scorers on that occasion, Jermaine Defoe (overlooked), Daniel Sturridge (injured) and Frank Lampard (retired) will not be involved tonight with a further four Joleon Lescott, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker and Tom Cleverly not involved this time round.
New look England with the focus on youth should give another chance to Fabian Delph, who made his England debut last month, after he recovered from a knock that forced him to miss training earlier this week while Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne could also be involved with the latter in line for a debut.
The absence of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge should mean Danny Welbeck starts up front. The Arsenal man has been in fine form since his move to London and should add to the two goals he scored against the Swiss last time out.
Another that will hope to be on the score-sheet is Wayne Rooney. The England captain will not play at all for his club in October having been sent off in and will welcome the chance for some game-time.
The forward will also hope to move closer to the England all-time scoring record. Rooney has scored 41 goals in 97 appearances since making his England debut in 2003 and he is just three adrift of Jimmy Greaves and 8 off Bobby Charlton.