Job-lot? San Marino first XI’s professions
Ahead of England’s upcoming qualifier with San Marino, Coral preview the starting lineup of the Three Lions’ opponents, with a twist. Check out what the football part-timers actually do for a living. If England lose, it will certainly be an occupational hazard, though their visitors have odds of 80/1.
Aldo Simoncini (goalkeeper)
Their custodian will be hoping he isn’t left counting his errors on both hands, with Simoncini working as an accountant; however, what are the chances that he has Wayne Rooney’s number?
Mirko Palazzi (defender)
The only person in the team who plays professional football, Palazzi plies his trade for Italian fourth tier club Rimini.
Alessandro Della Valle (defender)
Currently working in a ceramics shop, Della Valle will hope that he won’t crumble under the pressure and can handle the heat of the big stage.
Fabio Vitaioli (defender)
Employed in a sports shop, Vitaioli could be the perfect player to give the rest of the team a dressing down if they perform below-par in the first half.
Lorenzo Buscarini (defender)
As a student, the rest of his teammates will have been hoping he has been swatting up on English opposition, and can get the better of them at Wembley.
Alex Gasperoni (midfielder)
If the floodlights go out on the night, Gasperoni is the best man to call upon. San Marino’s midfielder runs a lighting business.
Matteo Vitaioli (midfielder)
Next off the production line for San Marino is factory worker Vitaioli, who could be a vital cog in his country’s midfield engine.
Michele Cervellini (midfielder)
Any arguments, please refer to this man. The hotshot lawyer will easily get the better of Rooney in any debate.
Luca Tosi (midfielder)
Hopefully for San Marino fans, Tosi won’t have a bad day at the office. As an office clerk himself, he will no doubt be supplying the marker pens for the pre-match team talk.
Andy Selva (striker)
Youth football coach Selva will know that this will certainly be a case of men against boys on the big stage.
Danilo Rinaldi (striker)
Furniture shop worker Rinaldi will be hoping to turn the tables on England and upset the odds.