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England v Andorra

Andorra's part-timers relishing Wembley challenge

June 10, 2009

Andorra's part-timers will not be overawed by the prospect of playing at Wembley on Wednesday night when England look to take another step towards the World Cup finals.

Defender Toni Lima accepts there is a massive gulf in class between the two sides, with many of the Andorra squad also holding down full-time jobs outside football.

However, running out at arguably the most famous football venue of them all will not faze David Rodrigo's men.

''Most of us have played in impressive stadiums so we are used to it,'' said Lima. ''It gives us pride to play at Wembley, but it does not frighten us at all.

''We are experienced and once the match starts we do not even notice the size of the stadium.''

Coach Rodrigo is set to utilise a 5-4-1 formation at Wembley in order to frustrate the home side, who struggled to break down Andorra before eventually winning 2-0 in Barcelona at the start of last season.

''We have to improve our play at Wembley and learn from the mistakes that we made in the last game - we have to give England more problems,'' he said.

''They have been made to work hard to get the first goal, and that can sometimes make the players feel nervous. There is a big difference between the two teams, but we have not got anything to lose.''

The Principality were comprehensively beaten by Belarus, 5-1 in Grodno on Saturday, taking their record to six defeats from six World Cup qualifiers, conceding 19 and scoring only two goals to sit firmly bottom of Group Six.

Rodrigo, though, feels his men can recover some pride with a decent performance against England.

''We have enjoyed two days of hard work in Barcelona. That will be good for the team,'' he said. ''England has a lot more quality that what we do, but we go to Wembley with hope and want to improve the image of Andorra.''