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San Marino coach Pierangelo Manzaroli is ready for a tough game against Switzerland as his side look to bounce back from a 5-0 loss to England on Thursday. "We have already forgotten the match in London - we are totally focused on the next game," the 45-year-old said. "After losing their first two games [Switzerland] will come to San Marino to fight tooth and nail. However we are ready. We have recharged our batteries and we want to play a great game." In the only squad change ahead of Tuesday's game, Giovanni Bonini has come in for Davide Cesarini.

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13/10/20149:38Elia Gorini, San Marino

San Marino's football team sit 190 places below England in the FIFA rankings and even if the nation's entire population of 33,000 came to Wembley tonight, there would still be 57,000 spare seats for England fans.

They have lost all four previous meetings with England by an aggregate of 26-1, yet I've been reading an article on the BBC Sport website which sheds light on some intriguing personal stories in a squad where only one player,
 Mirko Palazzi, is a current professional.

Captain Andy Selva is now 38 and has been playing for San Marino since 1998. "His return of eight goals might not sound like much, until you consider that San Marino have only scored 17 in their entire history," says the article.

At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini was with Modena FC in Serie B as a teenager before suffering a shattered pelvis and left elbow in a car accident. For him, therefore, just to be playing at Wembley tonight is a victory of sorts. "Getting drawn against England is like winning the lottery," he says.

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09/10/201412:41Simon Hart


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