England will be looking to make it three wins out of three in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they travel to Tallinn to take on Estonia. Roy Hodgson’s side have made a positive start in Group E after picking up wins against Switzerland and San Marino in their opening games, scoring seven goals in the process.
Victory in the Estonian capital is likely to be enough to consolidate their place at the top of the table as they continue to move on from their disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil. The Three Lions will be well prepared for the tie after easing past San Marino at Wembley in the week. Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, who have held down places in the starting eleven in recent games, were substituted at half-time with a comfortable three points already looking likely.
Thursday’s fixture has given Hodgson plenty to think about ahead of the match with Estonia. While the defense was rarely troubled, a number of attacking players such as Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andros Townsend were given their chance to impress.
Townsend in particular staked his claim for a starting place after scoring his second international goal in the 5-0 win. The Tottenham winger arrived on the international stage in style last year with impressive performances in England’s vital 2014 World Cup qualifying fixtures against Montenegro and Poland.
He made his full debut in the 4-1 triumph over Montenegro and scored an excellent goal from range in the process. However, Townsend missed out on England’s squad for this summer’s World Cup after picking up an ankle injury at the end of last season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck will be looking to continue his recent good form for club and country after getting on the score-sheet against San Marino. Welbeck also scored twice during England’s important 2-0 win in Switzerland last month, a game which was considered by many to be England’s toughest of the campaign.
Like Hodgson’s men, Estonia also made an encouraging start to qualifying last month by claiming a 1-0 home win over Slovenia, but lost their following game away to Lithuania in mid-week.
This will be England’s second visit to Estonia in three European Championship qualifying campaigns. They won 3-0 in Tallinn in a Euro 2008 qualifier seven years ago, with goals from Joe Cole, Peter Crouch and Michael Owen.