England line up for what looks certain to be their sixth one-sided meeting with San Marino in a row, but where do they stand in the ultimate list of the tiny state’s tormentors?
This question and many more are answered in the all-encompassing infographic below.
As ever match betting for the clash is at the very margins of the possible, with England 1/100 to win, the draw 25/2 and an unthinkable victory for the visitors priced up at 100/1.
However, at bwin.com there are a host of more enticing markets available, including the half-time correct score, where a repeat of the 2-0 lead England held at the interval last October can be backed at 21/10.
Despite dishing out some fairly reasonable thrashings down the years England, as it turns out, are far from the Sammarinese’s most sadistic smiters.
Cumulatively that honour falls to the Netherlands, with England fourth in the all-time competitive-goals-scored-against list behind Poland and Belgium.
Given the opportunity it has to be assumed that Germany and Ukraine would easily surpass the quartet having wrought a far greater deal of havoc on La Serenissima in two games against them apiece to date.
Bizarrely the Belgians are also the ultimate minnows’ most generous foes, affording the minnows no fewer than three goals in their six past encounters.
That ‘hat-trick’ makes up 37.5% of 39-year old all-time leading scorer and cap-earner Andy Selva’s haul of eight international goals.
Veteran hitman Selva remains a part of manager Pierangelo Manzaroli’s squad despite having run into the mother of all goal droughts in recent years.
His last goal for his country came 37 matches ago against Slovakia in October 2011, kicking off a monumental run of 20 successive blanks for the side as whole that was only ended in a 2-3 loss to Malta in August 2012.
Selva is one of a handful of professionals that have featured among the ranks of a side of butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers down the years, but by no means the best.
That honour must surely fall to Massimo Bonini, who took out three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, Cup Winners’ Cup, European Cup, European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup with Juventus during a 200-appearance-plus spell in the eighties.