England vs Lithuania – Match preview and team news

After a four-month break, England resume their seemingly inevitable progress towards Euro 2016 with a home tie against Lithuania in the first ever meeting between the two nations.

The Three Lions lie top of Group E with a perfect record of four wins from four, with Lithuania one of three teams behind them on six points. The Baltic state are outsiders are outsiders for qualification, but after a positive start to their campaign they will be optimistic of finishing third and earning a potential play-off spot.

The last qualifier at Wembley back in November saw England suffer a slight scare against Slovenia as Jordan Henderson’s own goal put the visitors ahead following a dreary first half, but that was soon cancelled out by a Wayne Rooney penalty before regular international goalscorer Danny Welbeck sealed an eventually comfortable win.

Since then, a number of players have forced their way into the reckoning, none more so than Harry Kane of Tottenham. A tally of 28 goals this season and counting means that manager Roy Hodgson was left with no choice but to select him, and the 21-year-old could be given his chance. Teammate Ryan Mason has also made the squad as the beneficiary of withdrawals.

This should be another win for England, but they will be expected to play attractive football, and they have to do it without Daniel Sturridge, who misses out for his country yet again. Uncapped Danny Rose has also been forced to pull out as well as goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who will miss the rest of the season.

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