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England v Estonia Euro Cup 2016 Qualifiers live & preview

On Friday, October 9, the England National Soccer team hosts their Estonian counterparts in an Euro 2016 qualifying game. The game will be played at the Wembley Stadium in the city of London and will kick off at 19:45 BST.

The hosts are currently ranked 10th in the world, while their match day opponents are ranked 87th in the world.

The 10th placed team have qualified top of the group, and are merely going through the motions in this game, while Estonia are looking to usurp Slovenia for a place in the playoff round of the qualifiers.

The Three Lions, managed by Roy Hodgson are in very good form, with three wins and two draws in their last five games in all competitions. These wins were consecutive victories in European Qualifiers against Slovenia (2-3 on June 14), San Marino (0-6 on September 5), and Switzerland (2-0 on September 8).

Roy Hodgson’s men drew consecutive games in friendly matches against Italy (1-1 on March 31), and (0-0 on June 7).

The Estonians, managed by Magnus Pehrsson are also in good form, with three wins, one draw and one defeat in their last five games. These wins were against Finland in a friendly match (0-2 on June 9), and in Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino (2-0 on June 14), and Lithuania (1-0 on September 5).

The Blueshirts drew a friendly match some months ago against Iceland (1-1 on March 31), but suffered defeat at the hands of Slovenia (1-0 on September 8).

If he plays, Wayne Rooney will be one of the players to watch out for amongst the Three Lions players. The English Captain, who recently became England’s all time top scorer, will be looking to use this game to regain some form in front of goal.

Estonia head for Wembley as underdogs in this game, and will need their captain Ragnar Klavan to motivate the younger players if the team is to secure a famous victory against their more fancied opponents.

England have little to play for as they have already qualified for the showpiece event. However the gulf in quality between these two sides is so much, I see England cruising to a comfortable victory.

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