England v Lithuania background
Monday, February 2, 2015
England go into their first UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying game of 2015 enjoying fearsome form in Group E, with past results suggesting a hard time awaits Lithuania.
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England can feel confident about their prospects at Wembley as they take on Lithuania for the first time, with past encounters between the nations' teams proving to be somewhat one-sided.
• The two countries are locking horns for the first time at senior international level.
• England and Lithuania have met seven times in UEFA age-group competitions, with England recording five wins and two draws. Most recently, they beat Lithuania 5-0 at home and 1-0 away in 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.
• England are one of only four teams still boasting a 100% record in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, along with Slovakia, Israel and the Czech Republic.
• England are unbeaten in 23 EURO and FIFA World Cup qualifying games (W16 D7) stretching back to a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk on 10 October 2009. Their last competitive home defeat was a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Croatia on 21 November 2007.
• Lithuania have won only twice in their last ten competitive away fixtures, with those victories coming against San Marino and Liechtenstein.
Trivia and links
• English and Lithuanian sides have crossed paths eight times in UEFA club competition. Not only have the English teams won every match, they have also scored 24 goals – an average of three per game – and conceded just three.
• Lithuania midfielder Mindaugas Kalonas is in line to make his 50th international appearance.