England have had it all their own way in Group I with a trip to Poland (their hardest game on paper) the sole time they’ve failed to extract maximum points.
With fixtures against Hungary, Albania and San Marino to come, the path to Qatar looks assured and the expectation is that Gareth Southgate will ring the changes and hand opportunities to those seeking to break into the side.
That’s especially the case with the clash against Hungary clearly the tougher of the assignments during the current international break.
However, with a star-studied squad at his disposal, the England boss can’t help but pick a quality team who will be motivated to prove their worth.
The likes of Ben Chillwell, John Stones and Jadon Sancho have enjoyed little game time for their clubs this season and so could be in line for a start here.
Given there are concerns over the state of Andorra’s pitch, Harry Kane is unlikely to be called upon after a series of ankles issues throughout his career, so Tammy Abraham and Ollie Watkins will both hope to lead the line.
Elsewhere, Southgate may well opt to do away with his usual tactic of fielding a double pivot in midfield, owing to the limited threat posed by the hosts, as attacking midfielders such as Mason Mount and Phil Foden will be used to pile on the pressure and make this a comfortable night.
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The Three Lion’s excellent record in these fixtures goes back some way now, suffering just a solitary defeat in Euro or World Cup qualifiers going back to the start of their campaign to reach Euro 2012.
That includes 32 victories from 36 qualifiers since October 2013, including a 4-0 demolition job in the reverse fixture at Wembley last month with a second-string side.
England really came of age under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup, albeit with a kind draw to help them to the semi-finals, but they’ve shown that was no one-off by also reaching the final of Euro 2020.
In more recent times, during this World Cup campaign and the qualifiers to reach Euro 2020, England have won 12 of 14 matches, hitting at least four goals in 10 of those and winning by at least four clear goals on nine occasions.
Andorra are W2-D4-L20 since the start of 2019 and failed to score in 18 of these games. The victories came by 1-0 and 2-0 scorelines over Moldova and San Marino respectively, while the stalemates came against similarly weak outfits Albania, Latvia, Malta and Gibraltar.
Up against the only elite sides they’ve encountered over this period (France, Portugal and England), they’ve lost all four matches by a combined 18-0 scoreline.
Only one of their clashes with France saw them avoid being beaten by a minimum four-goal margin, while they’ve even suffered a 5-0 loss hosting Latvia within the past 12 months in the Nations League.
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