Sakiri hoping for repeat performance
By Vlatko Siljanovski
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The West Brom midfielder scored an infamous goal direct from a corner to help the unfancied Macedonian's to a well-earned 2-2 draw against Sven Goran Eriksson's men last year.
The goalkeeper on the night was David Seaman, and the goal raised even more doubts over the veteran custodian's ability to still do a job at international level and last week, the 39-year-old finally admitted that his international career is over, after being left out of the squads for the forthcoming games against Macedonia and Liechtenstein.
West Ham shot stopper David James is most likely to stand between Macedonia and another shock result for England and Sakiri says he has been watching his performances.
"As I expect West Ham's David James to be Eriksson's goalkeeper choice, I've been watching him closely lately," Sakiri admitted.
"He is a good goalie, no doubt, but I noticed some of his weaknesses.
"I know that James will be more cautious on corner kicks, but I will try to figure out something else."
Former Barnsley striker Georgi Hristov, now with Zwolle, also warned their more illustrious opponents they were in for a tough game.
"The game in Skopje will be much more difficult than the previous one in Southampton," said the striker.
"In that game, the English players underestimated us and paid the price. Now it will be a lot more different."
With a number of Eriksson's squad ruled out of the clash through injury, counterpart Dragan Kanatlarovski's only injury worry is Ancona's Goran Pandev, although he is expected to recover in time for Saturday.