Watch England vs. Estonia live stream free in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers group stage on Friday October 9, 2015, from Wembley Stadium in London.
The setting will be impressive as Estonia visits England, however, the host will have to do without its captain, Wayne Rooney. The 29-year-old suffered an ankle injury and has not joined his teammates for training sessions since Manchester United defeated Arsenal, BBC Sport reports.
In Rooney’s absence, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will take on captain duties for the Three Lions. In addition to Rooney, manager Roy Hodgson is dealing with injuries to midfielder Michael Carrick and striker Danny Ings, both of whom missed training on Thursday.
However, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey completed his first session of the week and is on his way to recovery. As England already finds itself in the UEFA Euro 2016 Finals next summer in France, this will be an opportunity for Hodgson to plan his strategy moving forward.
Since the team is firmly in the next stage of the tournament, fans who tune in to watch England vs. Estonia live stream will instead focus on what has made headlines in recent days, the condition of Wembley’s field. When kickoff arrives, players will have to deal with the aftermath of the abuse the pitch has taken since the 2015 Rugby World Cup started in England.
But this is not considered an advantage for Hodgson’s men. On the contrary, it could affect both teams equally. Wembley Stadium also hosted the NFL match between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets last weekend, leaving little time to bring it to prime condition for Friday’s clash. The ground crew has been working diligently to make sure the field is in the best condition possible, which Hodgson acknowledged, according to the Mirror.
“What I do know is that the staff work their socks off. They are quite fantastic and if anyone can get the pitch into the right shape it is them. I am comfortable that we will have a good surface on Friday night.
“It is not something that has really preoccupied me, but it is like everything else when two matches are being played in close succession. There will be observations, but they won’t come from me.”
Even though it’s a done deal, those who watch England vs. Estonia can expect the host to do what it takes to keep their perfect record in the UEFA Euro qualifier. Hodgson’s team is guaranteed a top spot in Group E.
Estonia is in fourth place, five points from second place Switzerland, who faces San Marino Friday. They still have chances to qualify. Estonia plays Tallinn on October 12, which is their last match of the UEFA Euro qualifiers group stage. Estonia is also two points behind Slovenia for a playoff berth with two matches left.
If you watch England vs. Estonia live stream, you will see if the latter can keep their dreams of advancing to their first-ever major tournament alive. However, the odds of Estonia even earning a draw against the Three Lions are slim.
So far, Magnus Pehrsson’s team hasn’t impressed with losses against Lithuania, Switzerland, and Slovenia. Not only that, nobody was even close to getting in scoring position at any of those matches, and Estonia only scored two away goals in their last nine tournaments.
At one point, Estonia was in a 61-game losing streak, which ended with a 0-0 draw in San Marino and earned them their first-ever point in Euro qualifiers, Goal.com says.
You can watch England vs. Estonia live stream free on Friday, October 9 HERE. Kick-off is at 2:45 p.m. ET.
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