Preview: England vs Andorra – prediction, team news, lineups, where to watch
Looking to maintain their 100% start in 2022 World Cup Qualifying, England stepped onto Wembley turf for the first time since the Euro 2020 final for Sunday’s visit to Andorra.
The Three Lions dazzled and delighted Hungary in a 4-0 win on Thursday night, as the visitors claimed their first qualifying win over the San Marino minnows.
The despicable actions of some fans once again overshadowed what was a happy midweek occasion for England, who sought to do what neither world champions France nor Germany could do at Euro 2020: beat Hungary.
Despite struggling to break through the determined five-man rear in the first 45 minutes, England came out with all their weapons in the second period, as Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, and Declan Rice posted four wins out of four in the Group. I.
However, incidences of alleged racism and the launching of projectiles onto the pitch made headlines after the full-time whistle as football once again called on authorities to do more to combat such transgressions, but Gareth Southgate, however, he praised the 18-year-old’s reaction. -Old Jude Bellingham after he allegedly was the subject of monkey chants during the game.
Off-court issues aside, England are right where they belong at the top of Group I with 12 points out of a possible 12, scoring 13 goals and conceding just once in that time, and the win over Hungary represented their twelfth of 14 games in all competitions.
No diehard Three Lions fan needs to recall what happened the last time their team took the field at Wembley, but England had embarked on an eight-game unbeaten streak at home before that fateful night against Italy and are now welcoming to a team 152 places below. them in the FIFA World Ranking.
After three long-awaited defeats to Albania, Poland, and Hungary, the visit of international scourgers San Marino represented the perfect opportunity for Andorra to claim their first three points in the Ranking, and Koldo Álvarez’s team ensured that would be the case.
As a center-back by trade, Marc Vales scored two quick shots in the 17th and 24th minutes to end Andorra’s 16-game winless streak in all competitions and match their biggest win in history, with previous 2-0 wins. about San Marino, Belarus, and Albania are also on that list.
Incredibly, the victory over San Marino represented only Andorra’s fourth competitive victory of all time since their debut on the international stage in 1996, and they have now kept a clean sheet consecutively following a 0-0 draw in a friendly with Gibraltar. in June.
However, Andorra’s winless run away from home dates back to a 1-0 friendly win over Liechtenstein in March 2018, losing 10 and drawing three on the road since then, and that success represents one of only two wins away. from home in its 25-year history.
Unsurprisingly, Andorra has lost all four of their previous encounters with England without scoring a single goal, and the Three Lions recorded 5-0 and 6-0 victories at Wembley in this match, the most recent of which was in 2009.
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Mings, Trippier; Henderson, Bellingham; Saka, Mount, Lingard; Bamford
Andorra possible starting lineup:
Gomes; Rubio, Nicolas, Llovera, Alavedra, Cervos; C. Martinez, Vales, Moreno, A. Martinez; Cucu