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San Marino vs England, World Cup Qualifier: Open Thread

While the US men’s national team has the tricky match against Costa Rica later today (watch for the open thread on EPL Talk for that one), England faces a far easier opposition against European minnows San Marino.

San Marino has never won a competitive match. They’re comprised mostly of amateurs, have the smallest population among UEFA countries and have the dubious honor of being on the end of a record-breaking 13-0 defeat against Germany (2007). Suffice to say, this better be an easy and convincing win for England.

England starting XI: Hart, Walker, Smalling, Lescott, Baines, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cleverley, Lampard, Young, Rooney, Defoe

For viewers in the United States, the game is being shown live on

The other matches kicking off at 4pm ET today include Scotland vs Wales (ESPN3), France vs Georgia (ESPN3) and Spain vs Finland (3:45pm ET, ESPN3) — among many other matches.

Join the conversation with soccer fans in the comments section below.

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  1. Scrumper

    March 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Rio Rio what’s the score?

  2. Sammy

    March 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Wow, Spain drew with Finland! Shocking and pleasant. I hope France beats them next on Tuesday to push them further down their group.

    The bad part about international matches is that there are very few upsets which they don’t come very often. And even when they do come, they have very little impact on the final overall outcome, e.g. the qualifying table positions in this case. This is unlike the EPL and cup competitions like the FA cup where a shock result or two can happen anytime and the final positions of the teams can be difficult to predict. I guess this explains my lack of interest in international football.

  3. Wongo1

    March 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Seriously, San Marino should just forfeit these games.

    • Sammy

      March 23, 2013 at 2:25 am

      I don’t understand why they’d even want to take part in any of these qualifiers at all, if they know that they’ll just end up losing every match. Well, maybe they have a fighting spirit.

    • Dave

      March 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

      San Marino has a population of about 32,000. Heck, my street has about that many people.

  4. M Owen

    March 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    i hate international weekends!!!! 🙁

    • The Gaffer

      March 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Bad news for Sunderland — Steven Fletcher was stretchered off the pitch for Scotland, while Gareth Bale picked up a knock on his ankle. Bale was substituted at half time, but I hope it isn’t anything too serious.

      The Gaffer

    • Todd Shenk

      March 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Too true.

  5. The Gaffer

    March 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Anyone else getting no commentary on the England-San Marino game on ESPN3? Just the noise from the stadium.

    The Gaffer

    • The Gaffer

      March 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Nevermind. They fixed it now.

      The Gaffer

  6. Terry

    March 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    England should win this one easily. Germany beat San Marino 11-0 recently.

    Hodgson finally realized that Walker is better than Glen Johnson who has been less than impressive for Liverpool recently.

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