San Marino boss Mazza wants repeat of Wembley performance

The micro-nation suffered a 5-0 defeat in their away match against England but their manager would be delighted if his side could do the same again in Serrevalle
San Marino boss Giampaolo Mazza is hoping that his side can put in the same calibre of performance against England as they displayed at Wembley back in October.

The micro-nation left London with a 5-0 defeat but their manager was heartened to see them restrict the hosts to just two goals for the first 70 minutes of the match before conceding three times within the final 20.

"We go into this game in good physical condition but the most important factor will be our psychological approach," Mazza told Sky Sports. "It will be decisive if we can keep our concentration and manage to stay in the game for the whole 90 minutes.

11/2 England are 11/2 with William Hill to repeat the 5-0 scoreline of their previous match against San Marino
"Would I settle for a repeat of the first leg? I would certainly like to see the same level of performance.

"You can't take away the importance of good results, especially when compared to the level of our opponents, but they are a secondary factor compared to our performances."

The tiny nation sit joint bottom of the Fifa world rankings, having never won a competitive fixture, but have fond memories of their last home game against England, when they took the lead within the first eight seconds.

"All I'm asking from my players is a great performance," Mazza continued. "Our dream? Well that came true 20 years ago thanks to Davide Gualtieri who managed to score a goal that remains the fastest in the history of World Cup qualifiers.

"Our dream is to always play a good game and limit the potential damage; we cannot afford to dream beyond that in a game as tough as this.

"It will not just be a great football game for us but also a big party because we meet England at Serravalle for the first time."