San Marino, the world’s poorest national side according to Fifa rankings, will be taken “extremely seriously” by England, who have yet to qualify for the World Cup, according to manager Gareth Southgate.
To qualify, England needs one point from their last group game. San Marino is ranked 210th in the world, bottom of the table, and has lost all nine group games in qualifying, surrendering 36 goals and scoring only once.
“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.”
With 23 points, England now leads their group. On Monday, Poland, which is in second place with 20 points, will face Hungary, with Albania and Andorra rounding out the group.
Harry Kane, who scored a hat-trick against Albania on Friday, now has 44 England goals, equaling Jimmy Greaves, and has scored 39 competitive goals for his country, breaking Wayne Rooney’s record of 37.
Source: BBC Sport