San Marino v England: Mismatches

Andy Selva (left) is San Marino's top scorer of all time with eight - including this effort against Wales in 2007. Photo: PA

England take on San Marino tomorrow looking to boost their goal difference with a comprehensive win ahead of Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier in Montenegro. Here we look at the key areas the Three Lions will look to exploit against the joint worst ranked team in international football.


Lampard passed the 200-goal mark for Chelsea on Sunday and remains one of England's most dangerous marksmen despite the fact he is 34 years old. He will come up against Palazzi - a rarity in the San Marino ranks due to the fact that he is a professional player. The 25-year-old midfielder plays in the fourth tier of Italian football for Rimini.


Rooney has been in and out of the Manchester United XI of late so he will be relishing the opportunity to fill his boots against a San Marino defence that has already conceded 16 goals in this qualifying campaign. The man Rooney will have to beat is goalkeeper Simoncini. An accountant by trade, the 26-year-old concedes an average of around four goals per game.


Roy Hodgson took Smalling from non-league Maidstone to Fulham and two years later sold him to Manchester United for £10million. The 23-year-old only has four England caps, but he will not encounter many difficulties against 36-year-old Selva, who plies his trade with Serie D side Fidene. The 36-year-has scored eight goals in 57 international appearances, though, which is impressive when you consider that San Marino have only scored 19 times in their 25-year history. He is famous in his homeland for having scored the winning goal in San Marino's sole victory - a home win over Liechtenstein in 2004.