My England Team to Sweep Aside San Marino

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My England Team to Sweep Aside San Marino
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England's road to Rio restarts on Friday evening when the Three Lions pick up the inevitable three points against San Marino.

Qualification for the 2014 World Cup is in some state of confusion after draws against Ukraine and Poland, and Roy Hodgson's side find themselves two points adrift of Montenegro at the summit of Group H––with a trip to Podgorica to follow on Tuesday.

Before that, San Marino need to be dealt with, and I've selected the side I would send out against a team ranked joint worst in FIFA's official world rankings.

Now I've done a few of these "My team to face..." and for some reason people continue to grab the wrong end of the stick and poke repeatedly themselves in the eye with it.

So for the sake of clarity, this is the starting XI I would choose to face San Marino in Serravalle on Friday given the context of the situation and the lack of quality in the opposition.

The team I've picked here is different from what it would be to face Montenegro next week, or indeed if England somehow managed to stumble their way anywhere near a World Cup final.

I highly doubt Hodgson will follow suit, but If I were in charge, this is what would happen. Each and every inclusion has been justified with some reasoning and the tactical musings behind it, so have a read and let me know what you think.


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