Euro 2016 qualifying: San Marino v England

  • Venue: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle
  • Date: Saturday 5 September
  • Kick-off: 17:00 BST

Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (available online); live text commentary

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy will make his full debut in England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in San Marino on Saturday, while there will also be starts for Jonjo Shelvey and John Stones.

Vardy, 28, appeared as a substitute in June against the Republic of Ireland.

Swansea’s Shelvey will also win his second cap, almost three years after his debut, also against San Marino.

The midfielder, 22, has denied claims that he refused to play for the Under-21s after his October 2012 senior bow.

Everton defender Stones, who was the subject of several transfer bids from Chelsea last month, will earn his fifth cap.

“All three players have started the season very well,” manager Roy Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 live. “If they weren’t going to get a start in a game where we are expected to win, then I don’t know when the next opportunity would have come around.

“It is important for me to give them this opportunity to play for England from the start, rather than coming on as a substitute when the game is over. Hopefully, when we qualify on Saturday or Tuesday, then there will be opportunities for them in October.

“As much as I would like the record of 10 wins, it is more important the team develops.”

Rooney record

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney has scored four goals against San Marino (and four against Croatia) – more than against any other nation

Captain Wayne Rooney is one short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record of 49 goals.

Rooney has seven goals in his last eight internationals and Hodgson said it is a matter of when, not if, the Manchester United striker surpasses the landmark.

“It is not something we talk about because it is obvious Wayne will break the goalscoring record,” said Hodgson.

“At the moment his main concern is to win the remaining matches we have in qualifying. I won’t mind if he doesn’t score as long as we win them all.”

What England need to do

Victory in San Marino would secure England their place at Euro 2016 with three matches to spare.

They have taken three points from all six of their previous matches in Group E.

England have scored 18 goals, without conceding any, in their last three meetings with San Marino.

Hodgson has no injury concerns with all 22 members of his squad available for selection.

Match Stats

Possession

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Shots

0 0

On target

0 0

Corners

0 0

Fouls

0 0