Andorra stadium on fire 24 hours before England World Cup clash

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The gantry at Andorra's national stadium, the Estadi Nacional, is on fire, just days before England's World Cup qualifier with Andorra on Saturday.

The Three Lions are set to clash with the micro-nation on Saturday evening as Gareth Southgate's side look to continue their unbeaten run.

However, the clash has now been plunged into doubt due to the fire.

Fire engines were quick to the scene to deal with the fire, alongside hoses and sprinkles that were on hand at the stadium.

The cause of the fire is so far unknown, and so is the state of the artificial pitch that will house the qualifier.

The England team had been training at the stadium during the day, with the fire breaking out after the team had left.

The temporary structure that had been erected ahead of the clash to house the commentators was seen at the centre of the blaze.

The Estadi Nacional houses just over 3,300 spectators, and it was opened in 2014.

There is a possibility that the game could be moved due to damages.

Andorra perviously played their home games at the smaller Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, and they have hopped over the border to Spain to play at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona.

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Andorra are currently second-bottom of the qualifying group.

The Pyrenean side's sole victory against fellow minnows San Marino lifted them off the bottom spot.

England, on the other hand, have five wins and one draw to their name as they continue their campaign.

The two sides met last month at Wembley, and England ran out 4-0 winners with goals through Harry Kane, Jesse Lingard, and Bukayo Saka.

According to Sky Sports, Kieran Trippier was set to be handed the captains armband for the clash.

And the Atletico Madrid full-back accompanied Southgate to the pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

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