England return to Wembley to take on Andorra on Sunday after a supremely confident 4-0 win over Hungary with World Cup qualification edging closer: Everything to know ahead of kick-off
- England take on Andorra on Sunday evening as they return to Wembley
- The Three Lions impressively beat Hungary 4-0 away on Thursday night
- England remain top of Group I and on course for Qatar World Cup qualification
- Gareth Southgate’s side can extend their lead at the top further on Sunday
The action quickly continues for England, as they return to Wembley to take on Andorra in another World Cup qualifier on Sunday evening.
The Three Lions were back in action for the first time since their heartbreaking penalties defeat in the Euro 2020 final, as they put in a supremely confident performance to beat Hungary 4-0 at the Puskas Arena on Thursday night.
England moved five points clear at the top of Group I with victory – but the but the win was marred as England players were targeted by disgusting racist abuse, which has been strongly condemned by the FA, Gareth Southgate, the players, pundits and fans.
Goals from Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice gave England the victory, and they now turn their attentions to what should be a significantly easier challenge.
England have beaten Andorra in all four of their prior meetings, and are expected to make it five wins from five – both against their opponents and on the road to Qatar – on Sunday.
With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
England were mightily impressive as they beat Hungary 4-0 at the Puskas Arena on Thursday
The World Cup qualifier between England and Andorra will take place on Sunday, September 5.
The match will start at 5pm BST and will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.
England return to Wembley for the first time since narrowly falling on penalties against Italy in the Euro 2020 final just a matter of weeks ago.
How to watch the World Cup qualifier
England vs Andorra will be broadcast for free on ITV1, with coverage starting at 4.30pm.
UK viewers will be able to stream the match online for free via their ITV Hub.
There will also be a highlights package on the same channel, starting at 10.30pm, showing both England vs Andorra and the other matches taking place across Europe.
Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
How is Group I shaping up?
England currently sit top of Group I, having won all of their four matches to date.
And importantly, it’s only the winner of each group who secures automatic qualification for the World Cup in Qatar next year.
England have two remaining fixtures during the international break, with the home tie against Andorra preceding a tricky trip away to Poland next Wednesday.
England remain top of the Group I table after their emphatic 4-0 win over Hungary
Harry Kane was typically among the scorers, though he easily could have grabbed a hat-trick
A further six points in the remaining two fixtures would put England in a truly commanding position ahead of the next set of games in early October.
They now come against a Poland side who leapfrogged Hungary into second place in the table on Thursday evening, beating Albania 4-1, of course with Robert Lewandowski among the goals.
England were without Jadon Sancho for their 4-0 win over Hungary, after the Manchester United star picked up a ‘small knock’ beforehand. Southgate said he was going to be assessed ahead of the game, and that will likely be the case for Sunday as well.
Southgate had an otherwise fully fit squad to pick from, and they left the field unscathed against Hungary.
England did lose Dominic Calvert-Lewin to injury last weekend during Everton’s win over Brighton, while Marcus Rashford, Ollie Watkins, Phil Foden, Ben White and Dean Henderson are also out.
Meanwhile, Patrick Bamford could get his first minutes in an England senior shirt after being called up to Southgate’s squad. He was an unused substitute against Hungary.
Jadon Sancho (centre) missed England’s win over Hungary with a slight knock
Goalkeepers: Pickford, Johnstone, Pope
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Coady, James, Maguire, Mings, Shaw, Stones, Trippier, Walker
Midfielders: Bellingham, Henderson, Lingard, Mount, Phillips, Rice
Forwards: Bamford, Grealish, Kane, Saka, Sancho, Sterling
England vs Andorra: The odds
England and Andorra have played on four prior occasions, with the latter failing to score a single goal.
The Three Lions have won on all four occasions with an aggregate score of 16-0.
Having shown considerable progression by reaching the Euro 2020 final, while currently topping Group I with a perfect record of four wins from as many games, it comes as no surprise that England are the overwhelming favourites to win once more.
Gareth Southgate’s side are favoured at 1/50 to get the win, with an unlikely draw at 30/1 – and an even more unlikely Andorra victory at 225/1.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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