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Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Poland in their World Cup qualifier earlier this month, England are still massive odds-on favourites to finish at the top of Group I. The trip to Poland was unquestionably the toughest assignment for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions and while they didn’t exactly pass with flying colours, they did ensure that they avoided defeat once again.
England remain firmly in control of their qualifying group with four points separating them from second-placed Albania and just four matches left to play. These were the first points dropped by the Three Lions since the start of the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Qatar and on the back of what was a decent display in Warsaw, Southgate’s men have had their odds slashed further on winning the group, some bookmakers going as low as 1/500 that they finish in pole position.
Next up for the Three Lions is a meeting with Andorra on October 9th and three points here should in reality be a mere formality. This is followed just three days later by a clash at home to a Hungary outfit which were well and truly beaten 4-0 in Budapest in the last meeting of the two sides. The final two England games involve a home game against Albania and a trip to face San Marino, matches which should be relatively untroubling for Southgate’s side.
Group I Winner Odds
1/500 – England
25/1 – Poland
100/1 – Albania
250/1 – Hungary
Group I table
England 4-0 Andorra
England ensured that their lead at the top of Group I remained at five points thanks to a routine 4-0 demolition of Andorra on Sunday afternoon, Gareth Southgate’s men putting in a workmanlike performance at Wembley Stadium.
This was a completely different affair to England’s last international match at this venue – no ticketless hordes breaking down barricades, no nihilistic alcohol consumption, no drama, just a routine but important win over a side ranked second-lowest in the world by FIFA. Nobody was fighting to get into this match, however a crowd of over 61,000 saw England move closer to Qatar 2022 and the Three Lions’ five qualifying victories – coupled with a surprise win for Albania over Hungary – means that Southgate’s men are five points clear in pole position.
Jesse Lingered opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the first half but with ten Andorrans encamped firmly in front of their own goal, 35-year-old visiting keeper Josep Gomes didn’t let past a second until just 18 minutes from full-time when Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot with his 40th international goal. By this point, Southgate had changed tack and adopted a different formation with three first-team regulars who probably didn’t expect to be involved in what should have been a rout by half-time. Jesse Lingard scored his second to make it 3-0 and Bukayo Saka completed the rout. Indeed there could have been more but it really didn’t matter, the job was done and England had taken another huge stride towards the World Cup.
In fairness, winning against Andorra was really a mere formality although on the back of this, the bookies further slashed the odds on England winning their group, most firms now going just 1/40 that they find themselves on the way to Qatar next year.
Hungary 0-4 England
England’s hugely convincingly 4-0 win over Hungary in Budapest last night propelled them five points clear in World Cup Qualifying Group I after four games and the bookies have slashed the odds on them qualifying for next year’s tournament as group winners to just 1/33. The Three Lions were utterly dominant in the face of constant racist abuse and made it four wins from four qualifiers ahead of what should be a routine victory over group minnows Andorra on Sunday.
England’s road to Qatar looks to be pretty smooth from now on and this was a performance that thoroughly cemented their status as huge favourites to progress through the qualifiers with ease. Under constant pressure from the intimidating home crowd, Southgate’s men kept their discipline and punished their opponents once they took the lead through Raheem Sterling.
Indeed the Three Lions’ defence was largely untroubled throughout and the only disappointment for the visitors was that the winning margin could well have been even more convincing with both Harry Kane and Sterling missing clear-cut chances to heap more misery on the home side.
As in the Euros, Sterling was the key player for England by scoring the opening goal and paving the way for Kane to add the second.
England lock horns with Andorra at Wembley this weekend before making the journey to Poland for what will likely prove to be the toughest game in the group, however it’s hard to envisage anyone stopping Southgate’s men in their tracks right now.
England 1/16 to qualify for 2022 World Cup as Group I winners
England have made it into the last sixteen of the European Championships and many pundits fancy their chances of going all the way in the competition, however soon Gareth Southgate and his men will be concentrating on the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
With Euro 2020 having been delayed by twelve months, it’s easy to forget that the next World Cup is now just 17 months away and the qualifying matches for that tournament will soon be returning. While England’s concentration will currently be focused squarely on their Euro 2020 campaign, they will soon be returning to action and looking to boost their chances of making it to Qatar next November. As far as the Three Lions are concerned, they are very much in the driving seat having collected maximum points from their opening three qualifying games.
Southgate’s men opened their account in Group I by thrashing group minnows San Marino to the tune of 5-0 on 25th March 2021 and they followed this by brushing aside Albania to the tune of 2-0 just three days later. Poland were beaten 2-1 at Wembley in England’s third qualifier and this was enough to send them two points clear of second-placed Hungary in their group.
All of England’s World Cup qualifiers can be watched live on ITV.
England World Cup Qualifying Results & Fixtures
Group I table