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

England v Italy Preview

  • Friendly, 31st March 2014, Juventus Stadium, Turin

  • England face the Azzurri in what is rapidly becoming a staple fixture. This will be the fourth encounter in less than three years. England won the last friendly match between the two sides back in August 2012 but this sandwiched two loses to Italy, both of which resulted in England being eliminated from the last two competitive tournaments.
    Italy are one of only four nations to have a better head-to-head over England (Brazil, Uruguay and Romania the others) and whilst England have the upper hand in terms of friendlies (won 5, drawn 5, lost 4), they have only won one meaningful competitive match, a World Cup Qualifier in 1977.
    With new talisman Harry Kane due to start alongside Wayne Rooney, who is only two goals shy of Bobby Charlton's England record, Roy Hodgson might be quite glad this is only a friendly match. Having said that, Turin is never a place to go for amnity.
  •   Posted: 30th March 2015 11:27pm