STAR PREVIEW Lithuania v England

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hat’s more than enough, thank you, of the Euro 2016 Qualifiers.Thank goodness the domestic action returns this weekend as quite frankly I’ve had more than enough of these qualifiers which have gone on longer than Downton Abbey last night and that’s saying something.It’s fine when there’s something at stake but the new format just means there’s also a lot of meaningless games too.A case in point being England who have won all nine of their qualifying matches and face Lithuania tonight at 7.45pm.Perhaps I’m over harsh on England and it seems odd to say this about a team in such, apparent, good form but I’m not convinced. The disaster of Brazil still lingers large and whilst the results against (generally) much weaker teams is impressive on the table front – I’m not seeing enough in their play to either get excited about or convince me that when the going gets tough, the tough WILL indeed get going.I’m happy to be proved wrong but on current evidence it’s quite right that Germany, France, Spain and Belgium are all ahead of England in the outright market with Star Sports.No surprise to see Hodgson opt for a little experimentation tonight and Phil Jagielka will captain the side for the first time in the new shape team that has seen Joe Hart, regular captain Wayne Rooney, Gary Cahill, Michael Carrick and James Milner all left at home.Jack Butland, Phil Jones and Jonjo Shelvey will start for England in the match at the LFF Stadium in Vilnius.Hodgson said: “We have a very interesting team for Phil to lead out. We are ready for the task and will do our level best to win. We respect Lithuania. They did very well to get a draw against Slovenia. We will face a very well-organised team.”Respect is being polite as England should surely fancy their chances of making it the perfect 10 against the Lithuania side which they beat 4-0 in the reverse fixture at Wembley in March.The hosts still have a minuscule hope of qualifying which at leasts gives the match a modicum of interest from a punting perspective.They would need to not only win but rely on Slovenia failing to get a point off lowly San Marino. Good luck with that project.Levels you devils appeals about England winning at HT and FT. If it doesn’t, just watch Downton Abbey on catch-up.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ENGLAND to be winning at HT/FT for 12 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 149.90 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more