England will be keen to build on their impressive 4-0 victory in Hungary in midweek – which was played under testing circumstances – when they return home to Wembley for a clash with Andorra.
The Three Lions’ victory on Thursday evening was marred by the disgraceful scenes of racism in the stands, but England’s young group of players did themselves proud by standing up to the appalling discrimination and producing a wonderful second-half performance in a 4-0 triumph at the Puskas Arena.
They’ll be keen to build on that now but, in truth, qualification for next year’s winter World Cup in Qatar is already starting to feel like something of a formality for Gareth Southgate’s men.
There may even be run-outs against Andorra for fringe players like Jesse Lingard and Conor Coady and a first-team debut could well be handed to Leeds United marksman Patrick Bamford, who was left on the bench in Budapest.
Jude Bellingham, who was lauded by Southgate for his “mature” reaction to the racial abuse he was subjected to in Budapest, is also likely to be in line for a start. The promising 18-year-old has started the season well with Borussia Dortmund, picking up a goal and two assists in their first three league matches.
England v Andorra
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier
17:00 ITV / ITV Hub
(Maximum 10 matches)
JUN 2009 FIFA WORLD CUP England 6-0 Andorra
SEP 2008 FIFA WORLD CUP Andorra 0-2 England
MAR 2007 UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Andorra 0-3 England
SEP 2006 UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP England 5-0 Andorra
Andorra have gained a reputation over the years for being one of the whipping boys of international football and, with three defeats so far in this qualifying group, there doesn’t appear to be any sign of that changing.
However, they did recently end their 16-game winless run with a victory over fellow minnows San Marino, which was remarkably only their fourth ever competitive win on the international stage.
This should be plain-sailing for England and it’s not likely to be much of a contest. For those wanting to watch an enthralling, end-to-end football match on Sunday afternoon, this won’t be the game for you.
England will surely romp home to a comfortable victory, it’s just a question of how many goals they can score past Andorra. We’re backing England to win by 4 or more goals and a correct score of 5-0 to the home side.
⚠️ Stakes advised on a scale of 0-10 points depending on confidence from our preview team
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