Sun, Mar 26, 6:41pm by Staff Writer
England is tipped to extend its lead atop World Cup qualifying Group F when it starts as the unbackable favourite against Lithuania early on Tuesday AEDT.
England has won three games and drawn one so far this campaign and looks set to add another three points at Wembley, where goalkeeper Joe Hart will become the team’s fourth in four matches with Wayne Rooney (unselected), Jordan Henderson (injured), and Gary Cahill (suspended) all unavailable.
“I’ve spoken about sharing the responsibility around the squad, and even some of the youngest players in the squad have been able to talk openly around the squad this week,” England manager Gareth Southgate said.
“Joe has shown great maturity in the way he has recovered from his own disappointment last summer.”
Group C leader Germany is on similar odds to extend its lead when it travels to Azerbaijan.
Germany is on a phenomenal international run, not only keeping a clean sheet throughout its World Cup campaign, but failing to concede a goal since its 2-0 loss to France in the 2016 Euro semi-finals.
Slovenia, currently just two points behind England in Group F, is in danger of giving up its spot when it travels to Scotland.
If Slovenia does falter in Glasgow, Slovakia is waiting to take its second spot on the group standings.
The Slovakians, with six points from two wins and two losses, travel to last placed Malta, which is yet to earn a point.
Still the favourite to win, but at more sporting odds, is Group E leader Poland.
Denmark can take second spot in Group E with a win at Romania.
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