England Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is looking forward to England's match at
England Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is looking forward to England's match at St Mary's on Wednesday evening and is confident of a more convincing display on a what will be a far superior pitch than the one that hindered his side in Bratislava.
"I think the pitch is much better," he said.
"I expect three more points, that's what's important. We can play better football and I am sure we can do that thanks to the pitch. Hopefully tomorrow evening we will have six points - that would be nice."
Eriksson continued: "It's not going to be easy. We had two scouts watch their game against Turkey and, according to the tape and what the scouts said, they (Macedonia) should have led 3-1 at half-time.
"They have some good players and can play football - but I don't think they're coming here prepared to lose."
One thing that has left Eriksson deflated is the continuing injury problems of Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer. The former Ipswich man is England's only injury absentee because of a neck problem and Eriksson said: "He is not lucky with the national team.
"I've been here for a year and a half and each time I pick him there is some problem. I hope the luck will change."
On his time in Southampton so far, Eriksson added: "I've always said it's nice to go round England and play internationals.
"Wherever we've been so far we've had enormous support, and I'm sure that will be the case again tomorrow."