Such is the downbeat nature of the modern day England fan that Friday’s 8-0 success over San Marino prompted arguments that the minnows shouldn’t be a part of these qualifying campaigns because Roy Hodgson’s men found it ‘too’ easy – and that after pre-game predictions that England would win by no more than two.
However, some of us cheered the goals, and the bookies acted on it as England’s odds of winning the group to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil shortened to 33/100.
Goals in the Stadio Olimpico from Jermain Defoe (2), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Young, Daniel Sturridge and poor old Alessandro Della Valle gave Hodgson’s men the three points and a goal difference boost that could prove crucial.
Next up comes far tougher opposition in the form of Montenegro, and their star strikers Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic, in a crucial game in the Podgorica City Stadium.
The fact that the game is away could actually prove to be a benefit, given that England looked far more confident on Friday than they did when they struggled to break San Marino down early on in the reverse fixture at Wembley.
The Three Lions are two points behind the Montenegrins in Group H, but now have a better goal difference by seven, and a win on Tuesday would put Hodgson and his boys in a very strong position.
Both teams remain unbeaten at the halfway point in the qualifying campaign, but England certainly had the better Friday as Branko Brnovic’s men struggled to triumph 1-0 over in Moldova.
England are 3/4 to win in Podgorica, and with three of their four final Group H games being played at Wembley (you can decide for yourself if that is a good thing or not), Rooney and his teammates will know how important victory is.
Captain Steven Gerrard should return to the side after being rested on Friday, and would love nothing more than to lead England out in another World Cup, and here’s the inevitable moment where I tell you that the Three Lions are now 22/1 to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy in Rio next year. But as England’s pessimistic fans would tell you, to dream of World Cup glory might be getting carried away.
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