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6 – This is only the second time in England's last 237 competitive internationals there's been six players in the starting XI with five or fewer caps (also Lithuania,
The good news is that England haven’t conceded as they memorably did after eight seconds back in 1993…
Gareth Southgate said that the England squad will continue to have talks about whether to take the knee before games – "We’ll be unified on whatever we do and if there’s any doubt then I think we would take the knee" – and they took the knee this evening.
The match is under way.
For four former England players and staff.
Glenn Roeder Frank Worthington, Colin Bell and Peter Swan.
We’re ready to go at Wembley…
Quick word on the singing – both teams, especially England, were a bit more baritone than tenor.
6 – This is only the second time in England's last 237 competitive internationals there's been six players in the starting XI with five or fewer caps (also Lithuania, October 2017, World Cup qualifier).
4 James, Phillips, Pope, Ward-Prowse
…tonight’s commentator mentions the professions of the par-timers from San Marino?
I’m thinking he’ll utter one of the words postman, baker or policeman before the match is five minutes old…
By the way, I am not sure what the professions of the San Marino part timers are, but am sure we’ll find out.
That’s because the Under-21s lost 1-0 to Switzerland this afternoon.
It was a disastrous start to their Euro 2021 campaign with the top two from the group qualifying for May’s quarter-finals.
But going on this result they can forget about booking flights to Slovenia or Hungary in May.
Here’s Mike Mcgrath’s report of the match and why Aidy Boothroyd is in danger of getting the sack.
…Southgate has his half century!
But what type of innings has it been?
It’s clear he wasn’t everyone’s choice (was he anyone’s first choice?) to be England manager but while his most ardent critics have been silenced (getting to World Cup semi-finals does that) how have Southgate’s 50 matches at the helm gone?
READ: Gareth Southgate at 50: were his England sceptics right or wrong?
Whatever the sport since time immemorial there has been an ongoing debate over style vs substance, playing entertainingly as opposed just to win (think of it as Keegan vs Mourinho).
This is no different with this England outfit with some calling for Southgate to kick caution into Row Z and let his new young stars roam free.
It is a seductive argument, I mean who wouldn’t want to see Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka being creative and serving up chances aplenty for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford further up the pitch?
But according to our very own Daniel Zeqiri Southgate should definitely err on the side of caution.
READ: Should England play more attacking football? These charts show why that might be a big mistake
As mentioned earlier this may ‘just’ be a match against San Marino but there are fewer than three months until England get their European Championships under way against Croatia on June 13.
When asked if he knew his ideal starting XI for that match Southgate said: “Yes” but then went on to say things can change, so any match in an England shirt is chance to impress the manager.
Southgate told ITV…
SAN MARINO XI TO FACE ENGLAND: Benedettini, Battistini, Brolli, Rossi, Grandoni, Lunadei, Golinucci, Hirsch, Berardi, Palazzi, Nanni, Subs: D’Addario, Battistini, Giardi, Stimac, Benedettini, Zafferani, Conti, Fabbri, Nanni, Ceccaroli, Mularoni, Zonzini
They may be the lowest ranked side in world football (210th) but they have drawn two of their last three games, against Liechtenstein and Gibraltar.
Clearly a team on the up!
This time in black and white.
ENGLAND XI TO FACE SAN MARINO: Pope, James, Stones, Coady, Chilwell, Ward-Prowse, Lingard, Phillips, Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Sterling, Subs: Kane, Henderson, Dier, Mings, Shaw, Trippier, Rice, Foden, Maguire, Watkins, Johnstone, Bellingham
So Lingard is in, Kane is out, Sterling is skipper – with only 170 caps it’s the least experienced for a match at Wembley since 1983.
So confirmation Kane is rested and there’s little doubt he’ll be a bit miffed.
Which striker wouldn’t see 90 minutes against San Marino on the horizon, lick their lips and think ‘I’m going to bag a hatful’?
Alas, poor Harry will not able to do so this evening and the reason for him being slightly put out is about more than not being able to cause the minnows’ defence headaches.
Because of his fine club form it is easy for forget that Kane is going through a barren run at international level.
He did not score for England during the entirety of 2020 – his last international goal coming against Kosovo in November 2019.
The Tottenham striker is on 32 international strikes at the moment and is only too aware of the help 90 minutes against against a side of part timers can do to help his bid to overhaul Wayne Rooney’s England record of 53.
Anyway, while he may not be smiling one man who certainly will is Jose Mourinho, and here’s why.
READ: Gareth Southgate risks Jose Mourinho’s ire if he plays Harry Kane in all three England games
Confirmation of Mike McGrath’s piece (see below).
Southgate has rested Kane – Calvert-Lewin will lead the line – and there are starts for the Chelsea trio of Mount, James and Chilwell.
Jesse Lingard is rewarded for his fine form at West Ham as the midfielder returns to the England side.
Here's how the #ThreeLions line up for our first game of 2021! 👊 pic.twitter.com/Qu36JPVfee
The last time England faced San Marino they won 6-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier and the expectation will be that that tally is at least matched this evening.
Not even the marketing maestros – those with loud must-be-heard voices, who are extremely excitable and prone to hyperbole (it’s their default setting…) – could present this as a contest.
England are facing the lowest-ranked side in world football (that’s No.210, one place below Anguilla and a whole 10 spots below the might of Aruba…) and will win tonight with ease.
But as the first qualifier for next year’s Qatar World Cup and first competitive match in a year that will see Gareth Southgate’s side try win their first European Championships, tonight’s game cannot be dismissed as an irrelevance.
Indeed, it’s in matches that England are expected to win that they have, in the past, failed to impress, even if they did ultimately come out on top.
That’s something that is not lost on the manager, who wants his side to treat the minnows with respect and put in a good, confident performance.
“We should enjoy playing with the ball, but need to be ruthless with it,” Southgate said.
“To have the creativity to score goals we have got to be positive and say it is a game which we can enjoy.”
Gareth Southgate is set to start all three of his Chelsea players tonight as England’s qualifying campaign for the World Cup begins against San Marino at Wembley, writes Mike McGrath
Southgate intends to rest Harry Kane among his senior players for the match against the lowest-ranked team in FIFA’s world rankings but Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are in his plans to play.
James was picked for the senior side despite being eligible for the Under-21 European Championship in Slovenia and using him at right-back in the first game of the triple-header during the international break will allow Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker to rest ahead of facing Albania and Poland.
Southgate had a decision to make at left-back after recalling Luke Shaw following his excellent form for Manchester United.
Chilwell was his only left-back during November’s matches and he was injured against Belgium but stayed with the squad in an attempt to make the next match against Iceland.
Mount has started the past five England games and Southgate recently spoke about using him in a deeper midfield position against lower-ranked teams, rather than his more attacking role for Chelsea.
In training the England manager has been preparing his players in a 4-3-3 system, which is a shift from his three-man defence he has used this season and allows for an extra attacking player in his line-up against the 210th-ranked team in the world.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho had spoken before the international break of his hope of a compromise over using Kane in all three matches, and striking a balance between giving him enough rest and the chance to add to his 32 goals for England.
Jordan Pickford’s abdomen injury means he will miss his first competitive England game in 16 months, with Nick Pope and Dean Henderson joined by Sam Johnstone in the squad and competing to cover.
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Gareth Southgate’s side will be keen to find form quickly as they look to generate momentum for Euro 2020 this summer.
In an exciting Three Lions squad, Southgate may hand chances to Jude Bellingham and Ollie Watkins, though Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Harvey Barnes and Danny Ings are all out injured.
Nick Pope will also be filling in for Jordan Pickford in goal, while Luke Shaw’s recent impressive performances for Manchester United should see him start on the left-hand side of defence.
The England boss has also vowed to lead a “unified” front against discrimination: “I have spoken with the leadership team about this last night and I’ve asked them to talk to the other players,” he said when asked if they would take the knee on Thursday.
I think it’s a good process to hear each other’s views, first and foremost.
That’s part of how we educate ourselves on all of these issues.
“The one thing we are clear on is that we’ll be unified on whatever we do and if there’s any doubt then I think we would take the knee.
I’m hugely respectful of everyone’s individual opinions on that.
I still think there is an impact to be had on it.
But when I listen to Wilfried Zaha’s comments, for example, I thought he spoke really well and I totally understand why he felt that wasn’t enough now and it just seemed to be part of the background.
The debate around if we take the knee or not, or if we should walk off the pitch or not, they’re actually slightly peripheral things.
The core problems are with racism and discrimination – they’re the deeper discussions that need to happen.
The protests help put that conversation on the table but of course we’ve got to address the much deeper issues as much as we’ve got to make a symbolic gesture.”
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Kick off: Both teams take the knee before the game gets underway as a show of solidarity against racism.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin kicks off the match.
Raheem Sterling captains the Three Lions at Wembley tonight.
He leads the team out onto the pitch.
Nick Pope gets the nod in goal and there are recalls for John Stones and Jesse Lingard.
The national anthems are played and kick off is up next…
Gareth Southgate says that England now have the luxury of more depth in their squad than they had in Russia 2018 for the World Cup.
Southgate puts this down in part to the emergence of more English players getting minutes in the Premier League.
English players are on average playing 10% more in England’s top-flight than they were before the World Cup and are producing more creative players according to Southgate:
They [Premier League academies] are now producing a more creative, attacking type of player that for years we didn’t think we could produce.
“The players and the team are in a better place than we would have been last summer.”
John Stones is making a return to the national side tonight to play his first international game since 2019.
He was a crucial part of England’s 2018 World Cup squad before falling out of favour at Man City.
However, this season has seen a turn around in his form as he’s formed a formidable defensive partnership with Ruben Dias for City.
It’s enough to have earned him a recall, something he says motivated him to keep going.
“It was very tough and I think it would be the same for everyone,” Stones said.
“It was difficult watching from home.
You feel a bit helpless that you can’t contribute and be a part of the squad, but I used it as a motivation to strive to be better.”
Gareth Southgate spoke about the inclusions of John Stones and Jesse Lingard in England’s starting XI this evening and he had nothign but praise for the two players who have fought their way back into the national side.
“They have earned the right.
John has had an excellent season throughout and Jesse since he has been on loan at West Hamhas had a very good spell.
We know they can play at this level, we’re really comfortable with them being with us.”
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker is also set to miss out at Wembley
San Marino are the lowest-ranked football team in the world.
With a population of around 30,000, the microstate on the hills above the Italian Riviera it has a tiny pool of potential players many of whom have other jobs whilst representing their country on the international stage.
They are regularly beaten by big margins but they have drawn two of their last three games, both 0-0, against Liechtenstein and Gibraltar in the Nations League.
They were also down to 10 men for over 40 minutes in the draw with Gibraltar back in November.
These three matches will provide the young and fringe players in Gareth Southgate’s squad to make their case for a spot at this summer’s European Championship.
Players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Kalvin Phillips and even Jesse Lingard need to take their opportunities to stake a case for a spot on the plane.
Who will make up Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man squad?
England’s World Cup qualifying group consists of Albania, Andorra, Hungary, Poland, San Marino and the Three Lions themselves.
Tonight’s opening fixture should see them take control of a group which shouldn’t prove too tasking for Gareth Southgate’s men.
Also on the cards for this international break is an away match against Albania on Sunday, though there are concerns about whether it will go ahead, and a return to Wembley next Wednesday where England will face Poland.
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