England take on San Marino at Wembley in a match in which any self-respecting attacking midfielder or forward should be expecting to fill their galoshes to the brim.
The Three Lions are as short as it gets at 1/100 for victory, with their Lilliputian visitors 100/1 to win and the draw priced up at a lengthy 27/2.
Wikipedia pages simply list goals and games for one’s country and as such only the most diligent scholars of the footballing future will ever know that half of a player’s highly respectable total was candy procured from an international baby.
Below are an England trio who know as much, specialising in scoring goals against the weak and infirm, both for their clubs and countries.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score anytime @ 9/10
The Ox will be licking his lips at the sight of his favourite international foes.
He’s notched three times in 16 appearances for England and all three strikes have come against the San Marinese.
Danny Welbeck to score anytime @ 3/20
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s new Arsenal teammate has a similar liking for stinging sticklebacks at both international and club level.
Eight of the former Manchester United striker’s nine league goals last season were posted against clubs that finished the campaign in the division’s bottom half.
Meanwhile four of his 10 international goals in 28 outings have come in two games against San Marino and Moldova.
Wayne Rooney to score anytime @ 13/20
Rabbit killer is seldom a tag pinned to the England skipper but last season he did plunder 14 of his 17 Premier League goals against bottom-half adversaries.
The fact that he has bagged just once in a World Cup despite being within seven goals of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record for the national team shows that the qualifiers are his goal-getting preserve.
He helped himself to a brace last time La Serenissima visited west London.