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I expect England to batter Baltic battlers

ONE of Lithuania’s strikers was last spotted failing to make an impact at Conference side Nuneaton, so I will be an angry man if England concede in this Euro 2016 qualifying match.

Yes, I know the England defence is nothing special.

Why did we have about 12 decent centre-backs a few years ago and now we’ve got none?

That’s nothing to do with the rubbish British weather, or whatever we’re blaming for the failings of the England squad these days.

But even though Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka won’t strike fear into the heart of many players, one of the few sights in international football less formidable than them is the Lithuania attack.

Those nasty bookmakers won’t let me put England to win to nil in a double with a bet on the Three Lions keeping a clean sheet.

It’s outrageous. This is the biggest scandal since they stopped me having a treble on Messi to score, Messi to score two or more and Messi to score a hat-trick.

So I’m pairing the first of those bets with Panama to beat Trinidad & Tobago.

I’ll be mad as a hatter if the Panamanians bottle it.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY ITV

England v Lithuania

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Rooney has scored in each of his last three Wembley appearances for England
Expert verdict
With four wins gathered in four matches, including a 2-0 opening success in Switzerland, the qualifying job is virtually done for England and they should maintain their perfect record against Lithuania. Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight matches for his country and is the obvious pick to open the scoring.