It is a turbulent time to be an England fan. One minute, you’re dusting down the ol’ JJB Sports St George’s flag from the loft, next, you’re ripping up betting slips as your side crash out of Euro 2016 to Iceland.
Forget the pint-of-wine-drinking manager scandals, the tournaments of old and the midweek loss to Germany.
It’s time for England v Lithuania, and who knows, if we get a nice day for it, there’s always the beer garden…
Currently at the top of Group F in the World Cup qualifiers, it has been a relatively hiccup-free road to Russia for the Three Lions so far.
They’re unbeaten, having won three games and drawn one. Most recently, they stuck three past Scotland at Wembley and almost re-ignited that little glimmer of hope in all of our hearts. Meanwhile, 107th ranked Lithuania have won just one of their qualifiers, losing once and drawing twice.
Fiodor Cernych has bagged three in his last four international appearances and a goal against England would surely secure his status as the Lithuanian Messi. He’s 6/1 to slot past Joe Hart at any time on Sunday.
After describing himself as ‘The Hated One’ following last year’s European Champions, where he became a scapegoat for England’s various shocking performances, Raheem Sterling seems to have been transformed by Pep Guardiola.
He ran the Scottish lads ragged back in November, and appeared to win over a few of his critics. It’s evens for him to score on Sunday and England to secure the three points, following a rest in his side’s midweek friendly against Germany.
It’s hard to believe Southgate and the lads won’t get the win on Wembley Way and they are priced at 1/9 to do so.
The only two meetings between these sides have resulted in England winning to nil, which is 1/2 to occur again this weekend, and a 5-0 goal-fest is priced at 12/1. If they were to set Wembley alight with an unbelievable attacking performance, should we believe that maybe 2018 could finally be our year?
No, but we probably will anyway.