England take on Liechtenstein on Saturday, but do we really know what to expect?
England take on Liechtenstein on Saturday, but do we really know what to expect? Who'll be the danger man? Are they looking forward to playing against players like Beckham and Gerrard?
Well, we've recruited an insider to give us the low-down on Liechtenstein ahead of the crunch Euro Qualifier in Vaduz.
Name: Robert Nutt
Position: Sports Editor - Liechtensteiner Volksblatt
TheFA.com: Tell us what you know.....What is the feeling like in Liechtenstein to playing England?
The people in Liechtenstein are kind of fascinated and excited about the game. The general mood in the team is excitement on one hand - playing against a great team like England, but on the other hand the players know that a victory is not really in reach.
One player said that 1-3 would be a good result for the Liechtenstein team.
TheFA.com: Which are the strongest Liechtenstein players?
The name to remember is Mario Frick, the only player playing abroad. He plays in Italy for Terrnana, Serie B and he's scored four times for the national team, our joint-top scorer. Martin Stocklasa is the other to score four for Liechtenstein, he plays for Vaduz and he scored three times in a row against Luxembourg (May 2002).
TheFA.com: What sort of line-up can we expect from Liechtenstein?
The team will be almost the same as it was against Turkey. The coach, Ralf Loose, did not change a lot this time.
What is interesting is the situation of the goalkeepers. Martin Heeb is 34 years old and Peter Jehle is just 21 years of age. The young and up-coming player is in Zurich at the Grasshoppers Club - a few years ago, Jehle was invited to England to train with Liverpool and Crystal Palace.
Ralf Loose has not yet decided if the older, more experienced Heeb will be playing or if he will start with the youngster Jehle. In the last few games, Jehle was the one who played.
TheFA.com: Can you tell us what tactics the team are likely to employ?
The squad is very young and the average age is only 24 years which shows that the youth work in our country is a very important part of our federation, especially for the coach.
Loose has told his players that he wants them to play forward and try to show some offensive effort. We shall see, England are good in most areas and may not give them opportunity.
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