Lithuania
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England
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Football

ByTheMinEurope

Lithuania: Šetkus; Andriuškevičius, Girdvainis, Žulpa, Klimavičius, Borovskij; Slivka (Chvedukas), Verbickas, Novikovas, Šernas (Matulevičius); Černych England: Butland; Keane, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell; Dele (Lingard), Kane, Rashford (Sturridge)

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Hello everyone, and welcome to England's final World Cup qualifier, a dead rubber in Lithuania. Can you feel the excitement?

In one of those quirks of the draw, England finish their second successive qualifying campaign with a trip to Vilnius. Two years ago, England ran out 3-0 winners. That night, I was in San Marino watching them against Slovenia, because.

Gareth Southgate has made wholesale changes with qualification in the bag. 3-4-3 system being used again, with seven changes, a host of first England starts, and Jack Butland in goal. Expect a regulation England performance here, I reckon about 2-0

The story in this group isn't really here though, it's in Slovenia, where Scotland have their biggest game in a decade. Win, and they're in the playoffs. If you'd rather follow that... https://www.bytheminute.co/events/6247-football-slovenia-scotland-it-all-comes-down-to-this-can-gordon-strachan-lead-his-side-to-the-world-cup-playoffs-find-out-minute-by-minute-live-08-oct-2017

Kick off in all the games in this group are 15 minutes away. I'll most likely drop in updates on how the Scots are doing

Here come the teams then. Judging by the amount of plastic coat things being worn, it might be raining

The England fans there, unable to sign the anthem in tune with the band. If there's a band. Lithuanian anthem, I'll give that a 7/10. Doesn't sound particularly ex-Soviet.

We're on an artificial surface, so the rain isn't going to be a problem. Unless it just floods. Slivka plays in the UK, up at Hibs.

We're underway! 0-0 (1)