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Euro 2016 qualifiers: England’s next hosts Estonia examined

| 11.10.2014

They may not be seen as quite the walkover San Marino were at Wembley, but Ladbrokes.com clearly don’t fancy 11/1 Estonia’s chances at home to England in Euro 2016 qualifying Group E.

Gaffer Magnus Pehrsson doesn’t have too many household names at his disposal, with eight of the 38-year-old’s squad contracted to Estonian teams, but you may have heard of one or two of the three below, if by accident.

Ragnar Klavan

The Augsburg centre-half and Estonia skipper is the only member of the squad that plays in what we consider a top European league, having helped his side to a cracking eighth-place finish in the Bundesliga last term.

Klavan has 98 Estonia caps at the tender age of 28 and will go a long way towards Martin Reim’s record of 157 before his career is out, although a haul of just three international goals warrants improvement.

Henrik Ojamaa

Polish champions Legia Warsaw currently hold this 23-year-old forward’s registration, although he’s on loan at Scottish Premiership side Motherwell this term and spent three years at Derby County as a teenager.

In his first spell at Fir Park three seasons ago, Ojamaa notched 7 times in 18 appearances, but hasn’t managed as many in over 40 matches for the Steelmen since.

The Tallinn native is also yet to score in 17 Estonia run-outs. 9/2 says he breaks that duck against Roy Hodgson’s boys.

Ats Purje

A man in goalscoring form, having notched the winner two minutes after coming off the bench late in the day at home to Slovenia last time out.

The 29-year-old, who plies his trade for KuPS in the Finnish league, could be in line for a start after such a telling impact and is available at 16/1 to shock England with an opening goal.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune