Predictions

England vs Lithuania

After an impressive performance in Wednesday’s defeat to Germany, England will be looking to strengthen their qualification bid.

 

Lithuania is ranked 107th in the world so this should be an easy victory for the Three Lions at Wembley.

 

Team News

 

Gary Cahill is suspended for this match so Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson replaces him.

 

Chris Smalling is ruled out with injury so John Stones will start in his place. Michael Keane and Ben Gibson could also start in a back three.

 

Joe Hart will wear the captain’s armband due to Cahill’s absence.

 

Comfortable victory?

 

The omens are lining up in England’s favour so is a comfortable home win on the cards?

 

England haven’t lost any qualifiers for both World Cup and European Championship since October 2009. Five clean sheets have been kept in their last six competitive matches making them tough to breach.

 

New system working wonders

 

The decision to play 3-4-3 worked wonders in terms of attack but left the back line slightly exposed in Dortmund.

 

We could see the same formation at Wembley but with only three defenders available, reverting to four in defence seems the best option.

 

A traditional 4-4-2 could work best given the circumstances because could keep Livermore and Dier in central midfield. James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard can cover the flanks with their pace.

 

Up front, Marcus Rashford and Jermain Defoe would be an interesting pairing. Rashford could create chances for Defoe to finish off given his excellent finishing record.

 

Prediction

 

Its tough to see past England on home soil and with such a different squad to their last meetings in 2016 UEFA Euros qualifying.

 

If they play at a high temp and create all sort of chances, there is no reason why they shouldn’t put the match to bed early on.

 

Prediction: England 3-0 Lithuania

Result: England 2-0 Lithuania

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