England ready to visit San Marino

England ready to visit San Marino

England ready to visit San Marino

England ready to visit San Marino

England ready to visit San Marino

England will take San Marino, the world’s worst national team in Fifa’s rankings, “very seriously”

as the Three Lions have yet to qualify for the World Cup, says boss Gareth Southgate.

England need one point from their final group game to ensure qualification.

San Marino are 210th – bottom – in the world rankings and have lost all nine group games in qualifying,
conceding 36 times and scoring just once.

“We want a strong performance,” said Southgate on Sunday.

The England manager added: “We want to make sure the team we start with tomorrow is a statement that

we are here to do business.

“We have not qualified yet.

“We have got thousands of England fans travelling and we must put on a performance that underlines those facts.

We’re taking this very seriously.”

England are currently top of their group with 23 points. Poland, in second place with 20 points, will play Hungary on Monday,

with Albania and Andorra being the remaining group fixture.

Harry Kane, who scored a hat-trick against Albania on Friday, is level with Jimmy Greaves on 44 England goals and has scored 39

competitive goals for his country, breaking Wayne Rooney’s record of 37.

He needs four goals to draw level with Gary Lineker on 48 England goals.

Southgate will make at least two changes from the side that hammered Albania 5-0 at Wembley on Friday.

Jack Grealish, who came on as a substitute against Albania, Mason Mount and Luke Shaw will also not travel.

Wolves defender Conor Coady will make his eighth senior start for the Three Lions.

Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, has been called up for the senior squad for the first time.

Asked about Gallagher’s call-up, Southgate said: “I’ve been very impressed with him. “

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