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Coverage of England's World Cup Qualifying matches involving two non-England teams. There are 10 matchdays with two games per matchday, one England; one non-England.

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World Cup Live: England v San Marino

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England v San Marino (Kick-off 7.45pm). Mark Pougatch presents coverage of both teams' opening Group I 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, held at Wembley Stadium. The hosts have met San Marino on eight previous occasions and have recorded an aggregate score of 37-1 over those matches, meaning they will be expecting nothing less than a convincing victory this evening. The most recent encounter took place in September 2015, when England won 6-0, with Theo Walcott bagging a brace. With analysis from Eni Aluko, Roy Keane and Ian Wright, interviews by Gabriel Clarke and commentary from Sam Matterface and Lee Dixon.
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The delayed Euro 2020 finals are less than three months away, but the 2022 World Cup isn’t waiting. The first round of qualifying matches takes place this week, and England could hardly have asked for an easier opener. 

Nobody who saw it will ever forget San Marino scoring after eight seconds against England in 1993, but there’s a more relevant bigger-picture statistic: six meetings between the teams and six England wins, with 37 goals for and just that one goal against. 

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PresenterMark Pougatch
GuestRoy Keane
GuestIan Wright
ReporterGabriel Clarke
CommentatorSam Matterface
CommentatorLee Dixon

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EditorStuart Smith

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Preparations for Euro 2020 are gathering pace, but for the players, the tournament comes at the cost of almost no rest, meaning tonight’s friendlies are likely to be about rotation and experimentation.

England face Austria at Wembley (kick-off 8pm, ITV), where captain Harry Kane will want to excel in order to at least draw headlines away from stories about his future at Tottenham Hotspur. Questions remain over who will partner him in attack, too, but Gareth Southgate may drop a few hints here. 

Elsewhere, Wales have a tough away test against France (kick-off 8:05pm, Sky Sports Football/S4C), so caretaker manager Robert Page will rely on Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, who spent last season on loan at Spurs. Scotland are also in action, away against the Netherlands (kick-off 7:45pm, Sky Sports Main Event), with their fine crop of players including the likes of Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney, who embodies the fighting spirit of Steve Clarke’s side. ITV has highlights of all three matches at 11:55pm (12:15am, STV). 

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