England should wear down Lithuania to complete a perfect qualification record
Roy Hodgson has said that he requires no further experimentation within the England squad before the start of Euro 2016.
He must be fairly certain of his preferred starting line-up, therefore, though a few of his favourites will be missing for their final Group E match against Lithuania in Vilnius.
England will be attempting to qualify with a perfect 10 out of 10 on the artificial pitch of the LFF Stadium but will have to win without Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Joe Hart who were among several players sent home with minor injuries following Friday’s 2-0 win over Estonia at Wembley.
Stoke’s Jack Butland will win his second cap in goal – three years after his first – while there could be a start for Jamie Vardy in what will be a youthful-looking England line-up.
England beat Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane among the scorers. It was something of stroll that night for Hodgson’s men and it’s difficult to see England not extending their winning run if they adapt to the surface. James Milner looks comfortable in the midfield holding role and England’s back four has rarely looked in trouble in the group without being outstanding. There may be a temptation to take the foot off the gas but fringe players will be aware there are still places up for grabs in France next year, especially with several key men struggling with long-term injuries.
Ross Barkley seems to be adjusting to international football and the Everton midfielder is 12/5 to be an Anytime Goalscorer against Lithuania. The Draw/England in the Half Time/Full Time market is 41/20.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Monday, October 12th at the LFF Stadium, Vilnius
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