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Estonia will look to avoid a third successive 3-0 defeat against England at senior level as the sides meet for the first time since 2007 in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E.

Preview: European qualifiers on 12 October ©Getty Images

Another 3-0 win would suit Group E leaders England nicely as they take on Estonia for a third time , the sides having previously been paired in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying.

Match background
• David Beckham was the star of the show when the sides first met in Tallinn on 6 June 2007, setting up goals for Peter Crouch (53) and Michael Owen (61) after Joe Cole (36) had put Steve McClaren's England in front.

• Estonia found the going similarly tough in the return fixture on 13 October the same year. Shaun Wright-Phillips (11) and Wayne Rooney (32) were on target – the latter with his first competitive England goal since 2004 – before Taavi Rähn's headed own goal (33) completed the scoring.

• England have won all four of their UEFA age-group competition meetings with Estonia, scoring 18 goals without reply.

• The only meetings between the nations' clubs in UEFA competitions came in the first round of the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, when Newcastle United FC beat FC Levadia Tallinn 1-0 in Estonia and then 2-1 at home.


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