England, against San Marino and with illustrious returns

England, semifinalist in the last World Cup in Russia 2018, begins this Thursday the road to Qatar 2022 by receiving San Marino at Wembley and with some illustrious returns. The following matches of the ‘pross’ team in the qualifying phase, against Albania (which today also visits Andorra in this group I) and Poland (away from Hungary).

England coach Gareth Southgate has called up a number of internationals he had lost: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (City) and Jesse Lingard (West Ham). With their great season, they are back.

Sancho and Grealish among Southgate’s injured

While, currently injured the until now England goalkeeper, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, everything indicates that Nick Pope (Burnley) will be chosen by Southgate to defend the goal ahead of Dean Henderson (Manchester United). Also injured are Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Many holders of the ‘pross’ team can rest this Thursday against San Marino (which has lost its last 43 games) to manage forces in this tough European football schedule. On Sunday England visits Albania and on Wednesday they host Hungary.

Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa forward and one of the novelties in the call-up of Gareth Southgate for these three games, revealed that for him it was “a shock to train with Harry Kane, of whom I have been a long-time admirer, I hope to learn from him”

England-San Marino

Wembley, 20.45

England: Pope; Walker, Coady, Maguire; Trippier, Bellingham, Rice, Shaw; Foden, Calvert-Lewin and Lingard

Coach: Gareth Southgate

San Marino: Benedettini; Battistini, Brolli, Rossi, Palazzi; Golinucci, Lunadei; Tomassini, Hirsch, Ceccaroli; Nanni

Coach: Franco Varrella

Referee: Kirill Levnikov (Russia)