Next Monday, 12th of October 2015, a super inspired England will travel to Vilnius to measure forces with Lithuania at LFF Stadionas for the 2016 UEFA European Championship Qualifying Round.
The English National Team's qualifying campaign has been absolutely brilliant. Pundits might claim that their opponents were far from being top notch teams, but the truth is that England showed great class by overcoming all of them, granting nine wins out of nine matches. The last battle of Roy Hodgson’s men will take place at Vilnius against an extremely inconsistent Lithuania side that is currently second from bottom. When both sides met at Wembley back in March, the English controlled the match and delivered a solid performance together with a 4-0 win. Tottenham Hotspur’s wonder boy Harry Kane netted his first goal for the Three Lions in that particular match and the same thing happened to Raheem Sterling, who scored his team’s third goal in that night of March.
Last Friday, England experienced no major problems to overcome Estonia at Wembley and won the match by 2-0 with goals from Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling. The English controlled the entire match and only did not score more goals because of the Estonian goalkeeper’s, Mihkel Aksalu, stunning display.
As for Lithuania, the former Soviet Republic nation has had some good moments during the qualifying campaign, but, in the end, they've failed to grant a place among the top three of their respective group.
After securing six points from the first two qualifying matches, Lithuania embarked on a negative spiral that lasted eight matches (competitive and friendly fixtures), during which the Eastern European team suffered seven defeats and conceded one draw.
The former Lithuanian international and current National Team head coach, Igoris Pankratjevas, has been performing a very decent work since he assumed the reins of the team back in 2013, but he still has a long and demanding road ahead of him, in order to transform Lithuania into a competitive and consistent team.
Lithuania have only netted seven goals in nine matches so far and two of them were scored by the 24-year old midfielder Fiodor Cernych, who is the team’s top scorer in the qualifying campaign.
Stats: W-1 L-3 D-1
Recent Form - DWLLL
Stats: W-4 L-0 D-1
Recent Form - WWWWD
Lithuania (4-4-2) – Zubas - Slavickas - Freidgeimas -Zaliukas - Klimavicius - Panka - Zulpa - Novikovas - Cernych - Spalvis - Slivka
England (4-3-3) - Hart - Clyne - Cahill - Smalling - Bertrand - Milner - Lallana - Barkley - Vardy - Sterling - Kane
Injury List / Suspended Players
England - None
Lithuania - None
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