England Euro 2020 captain Harry Kane scored a fantasy debut objective with his first touch at Wembley to finish an extensive 4-0 win for England. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
The 21-year-old invoked one more snapshot of enchantment to add another part to his fantasy season. His strike – a back-post header – came inside 80 seconds of his appearance, adding to objectives from Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, and Raheem Sterling to top off a genuinely stunning week for Tottenham Hotspur’s most recent saint.
A great part of the pre-coordinate talk was about the in-structure striker, who had been brought in by Roy Hodgson for his first taste of senior universal football. But he had to wait a little longer as Rooney, the old master, and Danny Welbeck led the way with Kane waiting in the wings.
The game was just three minutes old when the England skipper hit the post following a deft ball over the top from Fabian Delph, although he was not to be denied for long when he opened the scoring soon after. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Welbeck, England’s leading scorer in European Qualifying, found space on the right, drove into the box and cracked an effort across goal.
Lithuanian keeper Giedrius Arlauskis made the save with his feet, but Rooney was perfectly placed to head the rebound into the empty net for his 48th international goal, taking him to just two behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.
Before the game had reached the 20th minute, Rooney could have had his hat-trick, but was again denied by the woodwork. His well-directed header from Welbeck’s clipped cross left Arlauskis stranded, but the keeper would have been relieved to see the ball bounce out.
England ahead of kick-off against Lithuania
England was on top and was rarely threatened by the visitors, who sat six points behind them in joint-second place before kick-off.
Deivydas Matulevicius did have a sniff of an opening just after the half-hour mark when Vytautas Andriuskevicius’s cross found him darting across the area eight yards out. Phil Jones was alert, though, and did enough to block the Lithuanian’s effort.
A Rooney free-kick, which was spared by Arlauskis on 39 minutes after a foul on Welbeck, started England once more into life. The skipper then chested a chipped pass from Jordan Henderson into the path of Welbeck, but the Arsenal man’s strike curled just over the bar from 18 yards.
Their pressure eventually yielded a second goal on the stroke of half-time, as Welbeck stooped to turn Henderson’s cross from the left goalwards. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Wayne Rooney scores England’s opener against Lithuania
A deflection off Tadas Kijankskas in front of the keeper helped the ball roll over the line for his sixth goal of the season and England were cruising
Soon after the break Delph came close to opening his account for England, Rooney picking him out with a lofted pass towards the far post and the Aston Villa schemer met it with a crisp volley 15 yards out. Arlauskis made a fine one-handed save to keep it out.
The Steaua Buchareșt stopper was acting as a one-man wall at times and was once again forced into a strong save when Welbeck smashed another strike from the right which was just heading inside the post.
Wayne Rooney congratulates Danny Welbeck on his deflected strike
He could do nothing about Sterling’s first goal for England, which came just before the hour. Again Rooney was involved, crossing low into the six-yard box shortly after Welbeck had seen a penalty appeal waved away.The Liverpool man was onto it like a shot, slotting home with the keeper going the other way.
And then the moment everyone seemed to be waiting for – Kane stripped off to get ready for his England bow. It seemed like an age as he waited with Ross Barkley for the ball to go out of play. When it finally did, the crowd greeted his arrival almost as loudly as what came just 80 seconds later.
Raheem Sterling nets England’s third goal
England set off on another attack Sterling beat his man on the left to cross from the byline and the Lithuanians had not heeded Kane’s warning – 29 goals in 43 games this season – leaving him unmarked at the far post.
His head met the ball with enough power that Arlauskis could only parry inside the upright and Kane reeled away in true Roy of the Rovers fashion. And among all the euphoria Hodgson’s men wrapped up another three points to stretch their winning run – it is the first time England has started a campaign with seven straight victories.
England (4-3-3); 1 Joe Hart; 2 Nathaniel Clyne, 5 Gary Cahill, 6 Phil Jones, 3 Leighton Baines; 4 Jordan Henderson, 8 Michael Carrick, 11 Fabian Delph; 7 Raheem Sterling, 10 Wayne Rooney (captain), 9 Danny Welbeck.
Substitutes: 18 Harry Kane for Rooney, 20 Ross Barkley for Henderson, 14 Theo Walcott for Welbeck 77.
Subs not used: 23 Robert Green, 13 Jack Butland, 12 Chris Smalling, 15 Phil Jagielka, 16 James Milner, 17 Andros Townsend, 19 Ryan Mason, 21 Kieran Gibbs, 22 Kyle Walker.
Goals: Rooney 6, Welbeck 45, Sterling 58, Kane 73.
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Lithuania (4-4-2): 1 Giedrius Arlauskis; 3 Georgas Freidgeimas, 6 Marius Zaliukas, 4 Tadas Kijanskas (capt), 5 Tomas Mikuckis; 15 Karolis Chvedukas, 7 Arturas Zulpa, 13 Saulius Mikoliunas, 23 Vytautas Andriuskevicius; 22 Fiodor Cernych, 9 Deivyadas Matulevicius.
Substitutes: 19 Simonas Stankevicius for Mikuckis 66, 17 Vaidas Slavickas for Andriuskeviciu 83, 11 Donatas Kazlauskas for Mikoliunas 88.
Subs not used: 21 Vytautas Cerniauskas, 2 Gedminas Vicius, 8 Egidijus Vatikunas, 10 Gratas Sirgedas, 12 Emilijus Zubas, 14 Vytautas Luksa, 16 Ricardas Beniusis, 18 Mindaugas Panka, 20 Valdemar Borovskij.
Bookings: Zaliukas, Kazlauskas.
Head coach: Igoris Pankratjevas.
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Repubic)
Assistant: Roman Slysko (Slovakia) and Martin Wilczek (Czech Republic)
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