Gareth Southgate has vowed to take England’s final World Cup qualifier against San Marino seriously as the Three Lions look to confirm their progress.
England only need a point against the minnows to seal an automatic qualification spot for the Qatar tournament (7/1 World Cup Outright) next year.
Any slip-ups could see Poland go through but it is almost unthinkable given that San Marino are the lowest-ranked team in the world (Match Betting – San Marino 50/1, draw 25/1, England 1/150).
They have lost all nine of their qualifiers this campaign and have a goal difference of -35.
England will have been buoyed by Friday’s 5-0 win against Albania, with Southgate’s men excelling in the first half with their exciting, attacking football.
Harry Kane (7/4 First Goalscorer) netted a hat-trick as he continues to climb up the all-time scoring ranks for his country, while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson were also on target.
A win against San Marino seems inevitable, but Southgate wants to remain as professional as possible in his approach.
The 51-year-old said: “We want to make sure the team we start with tomorrow is a statement that we are here to do business.
“We have not qualified yet.
“We have got thousands of England fans travelling and we must put on a performance that underlines those facts. We’re taking this very seriously.”
Southgate will be without five players for the game against San Marino. Henderson and Jack Grealish will be absent owing to injuries, while Grealish’s City teammate Raheem Sterling is out due to a personal issue.
Mason Mount, who was ruled out of the Albania game due to dental surgery, will not play, while Luke Shaw will also be absent as he has not fully recovered from a concussion.
The lack of options has led Southgate to hand a maiden senior call up to Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher (8/13 Anytime Goalscorer).
The 21-year-old, currently on loan at the Eagles from Chelsea, has scored four goals in 11 appearances since moving to Selhurst Park in the summer.