With a sell out crowd expected for England’s World Cup Qualifier at Wembley this evening, just one question remains to be answered, how many goals will the Three Lions put past the second worst football team in international football?

San Marino has a population of just 30 000 people, times that by three and that will be the capacity inside Wembley come kick off. Therefore it is no surprise that La Serenissima lie second from bottom in the FIFA World Rankings with just one victory to their name, a 1-0 win over Liechtenstein in April 2004.

San Marino’s all time leading goalscorer Andy Selva

The footballing minnows have played 103 World Cup and European qualifiers with a record of 101 defeats and two draws, their biggest scalp being Turkey in 1993 where both teams failed to break the deadlock in a World Cup qualifier.

San Marino suffered their heftiest defeat in 2006 when Germany smashed in 13 goals without reply. Andy Selva is their all time leading goal scorer with a mere eight goals but Giampaolo Mazza’s men have failed to score on their travels for almost four years.

England have faced San Marino twice before tonight with the Three Lions scoring 13 goals while conceding just the one, arguably the most famous goal in San Marino history. Tonight England will be hoping for a solid performance, a clean sheet and an ample amount of goals.

On paper it should be an onslaught. San Marino are to field just one professional footballer alongside teachers, bar owners and shop workers. Compare that to the multimillionaire’s which will don the Three Lion jersey and England should run riot. Anything less than five goals, in my eyes, will be deemed a poor performance, this really is a Mickey Mouse fixture.


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