England vs Lithuania Preview

Joe Hart is expected to captain England against Lithuania on Sunday in absence of Wayne Rooney.

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The performance against Germany on Wednesday, showed encouraging signs that England are looking to play a new way of football suited to the team strengths, as they look ahead to the game against Lithuania.

England go into the game, top of group F and remain undefeated in the World Cup qualifiers and will look to build on that as they conclude the international break.

Match stats

  • England have not lost a qualification match since October 2009, going 33 without a defeat since then across World Cup and European Championship campaigns.
  • The Three Lions have kept a clean sheet in five of their past six competitive matches.
  • England defeated Lithuania twice in qualification for Euro 2016, winning 4-0 at home and 3-0 away with all seven goals being scored by different players.
  • England are one of two sides yet to concede in European World Cup qualification, along with Germany.
  • Fiodor Cernych has scored in three of Lithuania’s qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup to date – all of them have been the first goal of the game.
  • Lithuania have lost four and drawn two of their past six qualifiers away from home.

Team News

Chris Smalling is out with an injury and Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has been called in, who might make his debut for the national side.

John Stones is expected to start as Gary Cahill is banned, so we could see Stones and Keane/Gibson  to start in front of Hart.

The likes of Rashford, Sterling and Lingard could start after being on the bench on Wednesday against Germany.

A look at Lithuania

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  • Lithuania are currently ranked 107th in the World rankings
  • They are currently 4th in group F gaining 5 points from 4 games
  • Lithuania have never qualified for the World Cup
  • Tomas Danilevičius is Lithuania’s all time top goal scorer with 19 goals

Lithuania’s last game was in a 3-0 losing effort against Czech Republic on the 22nd of March.

Their last qualifying game was against Slovakia back in November, where they lost 4-0.

 

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