Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas has warning message for Roy Hodgson

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Rangers centre back Marius Zaliukas is eyeing a shock as Lithuania take on England.

Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas has told the English press not to underestimate Lithuania, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Zaliukas, 31, will be familiar to some English fans having spent time with Leeds United last season, whilst he's certainly a recognisable name in Scotland after making his name with Hearts before returning north of the border with Rangers last summer.

The experienced centre back was key in Rangers' 2-0 win over Hibernian last weekend, but this weekend he's preparing for a much different clash.

Zaliukas will be lining up for Lithuania as they face the daunting task of taking on Roy Hodgson's England at Wembley Stadium tonight in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Lithuania have so far won two and lost two of their opening four games in Group E, and are widely expected to be beaten by England tonight.

Yet Zaliukas, who has 24 caps for his country, has told the Daily Mirror that Hodgson's men should not be taking Lithuania lightly, and he hopes spring a major shock on the Three Lions at Wembley.

"Probably all of the country is expecting an easy game," said Zaliukas. "Everyone in Scotland is laughing, because they expect it to be a big score. We want to disappoint them.

"We understand who are the favourites. People do not expect us to win. But the first 10 or 15 minutes will be important – if we are going to keep them quiet, we can make them nervous. Then they might make mistakes and we can take advantage of that. The result is important. You can’t go to a game thinking you are going to lose.

"I was on the bench when we drew with Italy. It was a special game. In the stadium, everyone thought we would lose 5-0. It was a real shock. All their fans applauded us," he added.

Zaliukas' comments serve as a timely warning for England, who must not go into the game with any complacency as they've been shocked at Wembley before, such as with the 0-0 against Montenegro in 2010.

Zaliukas will be charged with the task of keeping England's strikers quiet, and that could include Tottenham's Harry Kane, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season - good luck, Marius.

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