S Marino v England U21 preview
England will attempt to kick-start their 2015 European U21 Championship qualifying campaign during a trip to San Marino.
Gareth Southgate's reign as Young Lions boss has got off to a steady, yet unspectacular, start.
A narrow victory over Moldova in their opening contest was followed by a 1-1 draw in Finland.
England's involvement at the 2013 finals in Israel over the summer means they are playing catch-up in terms of fixtures, but they could lift themselves into the top two in Group 1 with back-to-back victories over San Marino on Thursday and Lithuania on Tuesday.
A change in the dugout which has seen Southgate succeed Stuart Pearce means it will take time for a new regime to make its mark, but England have enjoyed considerable success in U21 qualification in recent times - reaching the last four tournaments.
They have tumbled out at the group stage in their last two Euro outings, so will want to put things right on the road to the Czech Republic.
England will be heavily fancied to overcome San Marino in midweek, and boost their goal difference at the same time, but Wales came unstuck in Serravalle back in September to prove that nothing can be taken for granted.
Southgate has named a strong 24-man squad which includes Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling and Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha - who have both been capped at senior level.
Blackpool's Tom Ince is back in contention for a starting berth, while in-form West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison will be hoping to make his U21 bow.
Burnley striker Danny Ings has already netted 11 goals in 14 outings at club level this season, and is another new face, while West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino has found the target in each of England's qualifiers so far.
Goalkeeper Jack Butland, who is taking in a loan spell at Barnsley, will skipper the side, but will not have Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in front of him as the defender must serve a four-match ban for the red card he picked up against Finland.
San Marino have no fresh injury concerns to contend with and are expected to stick with the same XI which edged out Wales 1-0.
That means Eugenio Colombini will captain the team from midfield, while Maximiliano Baizan and Luca Tosi will also figure.