England v Lithuania Preview

  • 100% record for 100th Euro qualifier against 100th oppositon?

  • It couldn't really have worked out any better. England's game against Lithunaia in Vilnius on Monday is an opportunity for the Three Lions to join the one hundred club in more ways than one! Or even two! England can, on Monday, beat the 100th different oppositon they have faced in their 100th European qualifying match to maintain their 100% qualifying record. Only five teams before them have maintained a 100% record during European qualfying.
    Thier current record in European qualifiers is played 99, won 65, drawn 24, lost 10; with 218 goals scored and 58 conceded. Lithuania have no chance of qualifying for Euro 2016 but will probably be a bit more formidable than the tame 4-0 roll-over that they allowed England in March.
    After the 2-0 win against Estonia on Friday, England are certain to be seeded for Euro 2016 which will be a big boost to Roy Hodgson after the debacle of the previous World Cup where England, unseeded, came up against both Uruguay and Italy in the group stages. Luck of the draw is always the fickle mistress, but we are englandstats.com always believe that trying to reduce her influence can work wonders on a successful camapaign. Please see World Cup 1986, 1990 and Euro 1996 for more details.
  •   Posted: 10th October 2015 2:11am

England v Estonia Preview

  • Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E, 9th October 2015, Wembley Stadium

  • England face Estonia tonight at Wembley with qualification already sown up. Estonia can still qualify via the play-off so the game is far from a dead rubber, however they have only taken one point in away matches in Group E and that was against minnows San Marino.
    Despite record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney's indisposition his evening, England should still be far too strong for Estonia and will maintain their 100% record with a comfortable victory.
    A time for Roy Hodgson to experiment and give some minutes to fringe players to help them cement their places for Euro 2016.
    A small caveat to the above is that England need to make sure they are seeded for the Euro 2016 finals draw. Not being seeded has led to problems in the past (cv World Cup 2014) so England have to be careful that there are no slip-ups tonight despite the line-up, opposition and relative unimportance of the fixture.
  •   Posted: 9th October 2015 5:31pm

England qualify for Euro 2016 with win against San Marino

  • Despite what other news sources say

  • We've noticed that several news sources are still saying that England require four points to qualify for Euro 2016. This is incorrect; England will qualify with just the three points they are likely to get from beating San Marino on Saturday. We'll explain:
    1. There are two automatic qualifying berths in group E. England currently have 18 points, Switzerland 12 and Slovenia 9.
    2. If England beat San Marino they will be on 21 points.
    3. The only two other teams that can push England into third place are Switzerland and Slovenia. They play each other on Saturday too. Provided England beat San Marino, if Switzerland win; England qualify (Slovenia will only be able to get a maximum of 18 points). If it is a draw; England qualify (Slovenia will only be able to get 19 points). If Slovenia win; England will still qualify. Why? Even with a win Slovenia's maximum points will be 21 and England will still be ahead of Slovenia because of UEFA article 13.01 which states
    If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the first criterion for sorting the teams is "higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question." England have beaten Slovenia twice and therefore have 6 points whilst Slovenia have 0.
    We hope this explains the qualification process.
  •   Posted: 3rd September 2015 6:20pm

England face Auld Enemy on road to Russia

  • England in Group F in 2018 World Cup Qualifying

  • England will face Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
    Malta will be the group outsiders and Lithuania and Slovenia will provide little suprise as they both are currently in England's Euro 2016 qualifying group. Slovakia are no mugs, along with England they are the only team to have a 100% record in qualifying; they lead Spain in Group C for Euro 16 having beaten the ex-world champions back in October.
    The mouthwatering tie is against the Auld Enemy. The last time they faced each other in qualfying for a major tourament was a two-legged playoff tie in 1999 for Euro 2000. England went through 2-1 on aggregate.
  •   Posted: 25th July 2015 6:14pm

England to qualify with next win

  • Three points against minnows San Marino will be enough

  • England will qualify for Euro '16 if they manage to beat 192nd ranked San Marino on 5th September. The Three Lions are helped by the fact that the only other two teams that can still finish above them will play each other on the same day.
    A win against San Marino would see England on 21 points which is exactly the same amount of points third placed Slovenia can garner should they win all their remaining matches. By virtue of the UEFA qualification rules when it comes to tiebreakers, England will still rank above Slovenia because they have won both games against them.
    Should the unthinkable happen and San Marino manage to pull off the shock of the century, England would still qualify should Switzerland beat Slovenia at home.
  •   Posted: 20th June 2015 12:36pm