Well Saturday couldn’t have gone any better, could it! A four goal win away from home, six wins out of six, our nearest rivals drawing and a seven point lead going into a home game against the bottom team in the group.
Not the time to get complacent though, even though the facts are overwhelming: Andorra have only ever picked up a point away from home in the World Cup qualifiers (against Macedonia in 2005) and have never won an away game. They scored against Belarus on Saturday, defender Ildefons LimaÂ notched in the last minute but by that time the Belarussians had scored five. Lima – Andorra’s all time leading scorer – plays for AS Triestina in Italy’s Serie BÂ whereas the rest of the AndorranÂ squad playÂ for minorÂ Spanish clubs or in the eight team Andorran league.
On the other hand, we ‘ve onlyÂ lost two home World Cup qualifiersÂ since 1997 (Italy and Germany) and haven’t been beaten at home since Croatia knocked us out of Euro 2008. Not much to report on the England team today, although it’s worth keeping an eye on whether Theo Walcott will play or not seeing as though he’s supposed to be playing for the under 21s later this week (and apparentlyÂ if Arsene Wenger had his way he wouldn’t even be playing for them)Â and that Beckham, Johnson and Heskey would all miss the Croatia game if they were booked tomorrow night.
We’re going to try something a bit different tomorrow night: a commentary on twitter – if you want to follow it follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/11lions . Can’t guarantee what time coverage will start and as I’ll be watching the BritishÂ Lions latest tour game,Â I’ve got a ‘Big Brother’ issue with my other half and if England score an early goal it might turn into a discussion aboutÂ ITVs coverage
Couple of non-football notes to finish on: there’s a tube strike on London Underground tomorrow and having been up to Wembley three times since it reopened I can only begin to imagine how much chaos that might cause. There have been various reports this evening that Setanta is facing administration – which raises the question of which channel might carry England away games if/when SentantaÂ goes down the tubes…sorry, couldn’t resist that one.
Enjoy the game!