Can England end their qualifying campaign in style?
Lithuania v England - Sunday 17:00 ITV
England finish off their qualification campaign with an easy assignment at minnows Lithuania, and have won without conceding in each of their last 10 away matches against teams we have ranked outside the top 100 (we have Lithuania 122nd). Since the start of qualification for France 2016, Lithuania have played five matches against teams we have ranked between 10th and 20th (we have England 15th), and although they did manage to nab a goal against Switzerland, they lost the other four without finding the net.
Lithuania conceded 15 goals across these five fixtures, and in fact England were their opponents in three of them as they netted nine themselves. Given The Three Lions have covered the -2 handicap in six of their last seven trips to teams outside the top 100, and the -3 handicap in five of the these games, they should have plenty of firepower to end qualification in style.
England should have the group won by the time this game comes around and with that in mind Gareth Southgate is likely to rotate a few players. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain hasn’t had many minutes since moving to Liverpool so he’s one player who might expect a start and he’s got a reasonable scoring record for England. Furthermore, his last five goals for the national team all came on the road and with Lithuania set to sit deep there might be more chances for midfielders prepared to make runs forward or shoot from distance. England’s three goals on their last visit to Lithuania came from Ross Barkley, an own goal, and the Ox himself. In fact, none of the five goals Lithuania have conceded in their last two home qualifiers have come from strikers.