England qualify for Euro 2016 with win against San Marino

  • Despite what other news sources say

  • We've noticed that several news sources are still saying that England require four points to qualify for Euro 2016. This is incorrect; England will qualify with just the three points they are likely to get from beating San Marino on Saturday. We'll explain:
    1. There are two automatic qualifying berths in group E. England currently have 18 points, Switzerland 12 and Slovenia 9.
    2. If England beat San Marino they will be on 21 points.
    3. The only two other teams that can push England into third place are Switzerland and Slovenia. They play each other on Saturday too. Provided England beat San Marino, if Switzerland win; England qualify (Slovenia will only be able to get a maximum of 18 points). If it is a draw; England qualify (Slovenia will only be able to get 19 points). If Slovenia win; England will still qualify. Why? Even with a win Slovenia's maximum points will be 21 and England will still be ahead of Slovenia because of UEFA article 13.01 which states
    If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the first criterion for sorting the teams is "higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question." England have beaten Slovenia twice and therefore have 6 points whilst Slovenia have 0.
    We hope this explains the qualification process.
  •   Posted: 3rd September 2015 6:20pm

England face Auld Enemy on road to Russia

  • England in Group F in 2018 World Cup Qualifying

  • England will face Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
    Malta will be the group outsiders and Lithuania and Slovenia will provide little suprise as they both are currently in England's Euro 2016 qualifying group. Slovakia are no mugs, along with England they are the only team to have a 100% record in qualifying; they lead Spain in Group C for Euro 16 having beaten the ex-world champions back in October.
    The mouthwatering tie is against the Auld Enemy. The last time they faced each other in qualfying for a major tourament was a two-legged playoff tie in 1999 for Euro 2000. England went through 2-1 on aggregate.
  •   Posted: 25th July 2015 6:14pm

England to qualify with next win

  • Three points against minnows San Marino will be enough

  • England will qualify for Euro '16 if they manage to beat 192nd ranked San Marino on 5th September. The Three Lions are helped by the fact that the only other two teams that can still finish above them will play each other on the same day.
    A win against San Marino would see England on 21 points which is exactly the same amount of points third placed Slovenia can garner should they win all their remaining matches. By virtue of the UEFA qualification rules when it comes to tiebreakers, England will still rank above Slovenia because they have won both games against them.
    Should the unthinkable happen and San Marino manage to pull off the shock of the century, England would still qualify should Switzerland beat Slovenia at home.
  •   Posted: 20th June 2015 12:36pm

England v Slovenia Preview

  • Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E, 14th June 2015, Stadion Stozice, Ljublijana

  • The news that, according to FootballRankings.info, England have a 99.93% chance of qualifiying for Euro 2016 should mean little to Roy Hodgson's charges this weekend. With a six point advantage and matches still to be played against San Marino, Lithuania (both away) and Estonia and Switzerland (both home), England have plenty of time to regroup should the unexpected happen on Sunday and they were to lose their 100% record. Even a loss wouldn't really be too much of a dent into what should be a formality of winning the group.
    Slovenia sit second in the Group E table on the same amount of points as Switzerland. They have a 100% record at home having beaten San Marino 6-0 and a shock 1-0 win against Switzerland. They could provide a tough test for England especially after the insipid bore draw the Three Lions were involved in last weekend. Hodgson will need his star players to step up. Could the decision to allow new talisman Harry Kane to the under-21 championships backfire?
    Conversely, should they win in Ljublijana on Sunday they could potentially become the first team to qualify for Euro 16 (barring the hosts) if they were to beat San Marino in September.
    England have a 100% record versus Slovenia during the three previous meetings. We at englandstats are predicting a tough game but England should run out winners by the end of ninety minutes. Hodgson to keep his 100% record.
  •   Posted: 11th June 2015 2:41pm

England v Ireland Preview

  • Friendly, 7th June 2015, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

  • The sixteenth meeting between the two sides and the first to be played in Dublin since the appauling hooliganism that marred the last visit in 1995. England's record against Ireland is reasonably good but both teams will have one eye on their following matches. Ireland host Scotland in a crucial Euro 2016 Group D match whilst England travel to Ljublijana to play Slovenia next Sunday.
    The last meeting at Wembley in May 2013 resulted in an 1-1 draw and whilst Ireland have a very low world ranking of 62, England haven't beaten them since 1985. In fact, apart from the abandoned game in 1995 the previous four meetings have been 1-1 draws. Unsuprisingly we're predicting another score draw.
  •   Posted: 6th June 2015 11:51am