England v Lithuania preview: Roy Hodgson's side aim to stay perfect
Last Updated: 27/03/15 7:32pm
England will be looking to make it five wins from five in Euro 2016 qualifying when they host Lithuania at Wembley on Friday evening.
Roy Hodgson's side have been perfect so far in Group E and hold a six-point lead over Slovenia, Switzerland and Lithuania.
They are one of only four teams with 100% records in qualifying and will be expected to preserve that record in their first-ever senior meeting with Lithuania.
Much of the focus will be on Hodgson's team selection and whether Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is rewarded for his fantastic club form with a first international cap.
Lithuania, ranked 94th in the world, started their qualifying campaign with wins over San Marino and Estonia but then failed to score in defeats to Slovenia and Switzerland.
One member of their squad plays in England - Leicester City's Simonas Stankevicius - while five play in Lithuania.
Since announcing his squad, Hodgson has lost Adam Lallana, Fraser Forster, Daniel Sturridge, Luke Shaw and Danny Rose to injury.
Rose was called up after Shaw was forced out with a hamstring problem but the Tottenham defender had to withdraw himself due to injury.
Ryan Mason, Rob Green and Jack Butland were also called up as replacements.
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is nursing a slight toe injury but Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has recovered from a sickness bug and trained on Thursday.
Lithuania will be without former Hearts midfielder Arvydas Novikovas and Aalborg striker Lukas Spalvis but midfielder Fedor Cernych has returned to action following a foot problem.
England have had 85 shots in 2016 qualifying - only Germany (113) and Switzerland (89) have had more.
The Group E leaders have conceded just one goal so far, the fewest by any country, along with Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Portugal, Romania and Ukraine.
England are unbeaten in their last 16 competitive home games (W13 D3) since 3-2 defeat against Croatia in November 2007.
Lithuania have not scored in their last three games, but they haven't gone four games without scoring since 1993.
Lithuania have won four and lost five of their last nine competitive games.
England are just 1/10 with Sky Bet to maintain their perfect record in Euro 2016 qualifying, with Lithuania 20/1 outsiders for the win and 17/2 just to leave Wembley with a draw. The online bookmaker make Roy Hodgson's men the same price to win Group E but that is as far as they go with the optimism, offering 12/1 on the Three Lions triumphing in France.
Expectations on Harry Kane are not dampened by him being just 8/11 to score and 3/1 to do so first on Friday night, with only Wayne Rooney shorter odds in the goalscorer market, while Deivydas Matulevicius is considered the visitors’ biggest threat at 20/1 to break the deadlock.
Follow the action with our international football live blog and then watch highlights of England v Lithuania from 10pm on Sky Sports 5. You can see goals as they go in on Goal Zone on Sky Sports News HQ from 7.30pm.