GALLERY: Football team and 1,000 fans preparing for Wembley trip (1)

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    "I predict 3-0, Lindpere, Vassiljev and a Wayne Rooney own goal" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "England, didn't they just lose to Wales?" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "San Marino will upset both Switzerland, then Slovenia, and we will be second in the group" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "I scored 7 for the national team, hoping to double that in the next two games" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "You are not going to publish that, are you?" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "Lindpere is a comedian, it is I, who shall score a hat-trick against England" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "Did you hear Lindpere promised to score 3 against England?" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Men in black waiting for the big game (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "Do we even need to practice?" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Lessons on how to pull on a bib correctly (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu clearly not focusing on goalkeeping skills (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Goalkeeping coach Mart Poom sneaking in an extra player (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Estonians - experts at standing around (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu, still not in goal (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Enar Jääger will be hoping to score his first for Estonia after scoring two stunners in the Norwegian league in recent weeks (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Private Ilja Antonov, let out of his army conscription service to battle England (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Estonia practicing chaos for the England match (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "I think I fancy the Liverpool job, actually" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    A motivational song from coach Jimmy Högberg (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Estonia will win by this much (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    And repeat, Estonia will win by this much (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Sergei Zenjov is skeptical, but is later convinced Estonia will win by this much (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Team practicing for the Chrismas show, now only 12 weeks away (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    "You get a ball, and you get a ball. Everyone gets a ball!" (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Team practicing celebrating a goal against England (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Vassiljev shows how to celebrate properly (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    A football (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Lindpere pretending to be shocked, in practicing his third goal against England (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Goalkeeper Pavel Londak, also not in goal (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

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    Sergei Zenjov completely focused on the Christmas show rehearsal (Siim Semiskar/ERR SPORT)

10/6/2015 11:31 AM
Category: Sports

The Estonian football team is preparing to take on England in the second-to-last EURO 2016 qualifying match in London on Friday, with the head coach remaining optimistic.

“We still have a chance, even if it is a small one, we still have a chance, which is positive. We should enjoy playing at Wembley and test ourselves,” Magnus Pehrsson told ETV.

The team, currently fourth in the group, came together for the first time in over a month on Monday, and will take on England on Friday, before hosting Switzerland in Tallinn three days later.

Estonia will need to beat both, and hope currently third Slovenia slips up against either Lithuania or San Marino, so that Estonia would overtake it and advance to the play-offs.

Around 1,000 Estonian fans are expected to travel to London for Friday's match. 850 purchased a ticket through the Estonian Football Association.

Friday's match will be shown live on ETV at 21:30 (Estonian time), but it will only be available to those residing in Estonia.

Some photo captions may not be entirely correct.

J.M. Laats

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