European Championship Qualifying - Group E
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England 4-0 Lithuania

Harry Kane
Harry Kane had scored eight goals in 10 games for England Under-21s before his first call-up to the full squad
  • Rooney scores one and hits the woodwork twice
  • Welbeck and Sterling also on target for England
  • Substitute Kane scores first international goal on debut
  • England remain six points clear at the top of Group E

Harry Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut and Wayne Rooney moved a step closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record in a routine Euro 2016 dismissal of Lithuania at Wembley.

Kane - with 29 goals for Tottenham this season - emerged as a substitute after 70 minutes with England already on the way to a fifth win from five qualifiers with goals from Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling.

The stage was set for the 21-year-old but even the man with the Midas touch in front of goal this season would have struggled to believe he would score with his third touch as a full England international, heading in Sterling's cross at the far post.

It was the final flourish on an England win that was little more than a formality in a group that surely provides the safest of passages to France next summer.

Rooney got the night off to the perfect start when he headed his 47th goal for England after only six minutes, leaving him just two adrift of Charlton's tally ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin.

Phil's man of the match
Danny Welbeck - 8. "Deserved to keep his place and made it six goals in this Euro 2016 campaign. Plenty will now call for him to be left out for Harry Kane - but has been excellent for England."
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England's captain also hit the woodwork twice before man of the match Welbeck, who deservedly kept his place despite public clamour for Kane's inclusion, headed a deflected second just before half-time.

Sterling was rewarded for a lively performance with his first England goal - but it was Kane who did what he has been doing all season and stole the show with a predator's effort as part of a confident cameo.

Hodgson refused to rush Kane into his England starting line-up despite his golden run of form but he will be delighted that he has demonstrated, albeit briefly and against desperately poor opposition, that he is an added weapon in his attacking armoury.

In the wider context of Euro 2016, Lithuania provided further proof of how England have been handed a gloriously favourable group in which to continue their rehabilitation following the World Cup debacle in Brazil. There could never be any excuses for not reaching France.

Rooney started the night with Charlton's record firmly in his sights - and could have equalled it by the interval.

He was put through by Fabian Delph in the third minute but slid a low shot against the post with Lithuania keeper Giedrius Arlauskis beaten.

Rooney was not to be kept at bay for long, and he took another stride towards that landmark three minutes later with a simple header from six yards after Arlauskis blocked Welbeck's shot.

A looping header against the woodwork and a low free-kick clutched by Arlauskis continued Rooney's efforts - but it was Welbeck who ended any fanciful suggestion that this might develop into a serious contest with England's second from a deflected header right on half-time.

It was little more than a procession and Arlauskis distinguished himself again with a superb save from Delph's volley and a Welbeck snapshot as England resumed the siege.

The gallant keeper was powerless to stop England adding a third just before the hour, Sterling's simple tap-in the perfect conclusion to Rooney's inviting cross.

The moment Kane, and indeed most of Wembley, had been waiting for arrived with 20 minutes left as he was introduced, along with Everton's Ross Barkley, for Rooney and Jordan Henderson.

And in keeping with the rest of his season, he penned the final chapter of this Wembley storyline on a dream England debut.

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has now scored 19 goals since Roy Hodgson took charge of the England team in 2012
Wayne Rooney
Rooney became the first England player since June 2010 to hit the woodwork twice in the same match
Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck has scored six goals in five Euro 2016 qualification matches for England
Raheem Sterling
Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling's second-half goal was his first for England
England
England have only conceded two goals in seven matches since the 2014 World Cup

Line-ups

England

  • 1Hart
  • 2Clyne
  • 5Cahill
  • 6Jones
  • 3Baines
  • 4HendersonSubstituted forBarkleyat 71'minutes
  • 8Carrick
  • 11Delph
  • 7SterlingBooked at 80mins
  • 10RooneySubstituted forKaneat 72'minutes
  • 9WelbeckSubstituted forWalcottat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Smalling
  • 13Butland
  • 14Walcott
  • 15Jagielka
  • 16Milner
  • 17Townsend
  • 18Kane
  • 19Mason
  • 20Barkley
  • 21Gibbs
  • 22Walker
  • 23Green

Lithuania

  • 1Arlauskis
  • 3Freidgeimas
  • 6ZaliukasBooked at 41mins
  • 4Kijanskas
  • 23AndriuskeviciusSubstituted forSlavickasat 83'minutes
  • 15Chvedukas
  • 5MikuckisSubstituted forStankeviciusat 66'minutes
  • 7Zulpa
  • 13MikoliunasSubstituted forKazlauskasat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Cernych
  • 9Matulevicius

Substitutes

  • 2Vicius
  • 8Vaitkunas
  • 10Sirgedas
  • 11Kazlauskas
  • 12Zubas
  • 14Luksa
  • 16Beniusis
  • 17Slavickas
  • 18Panka
  • 19Stankevicius
  • 20Borovskis
  • 21Cerniauskas
Referee:
Pavel Kralovec
Attendance:
83,671

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamLithuania
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, England 4, Lithuania 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 4, Lithuania 0.

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vaidas Slavickas (Lithuania).

Booking

Donatas Kazlauskas (Lithuania) is shown the yellow card.

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Donatas Kazlauskas (Lithuania).

Corner, England. Conceded by Georgas Freidgeimas.

Substitution

Substitution, Lithuania. Donatas Kazlauskas replaces Saulius Mikoliunas.

Offside, England. Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

Vaidas Slavickas (Lithuania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Substitution

Substitution, Lithuania. Vaidas Slavickas replaces Vytautas Andriuskevicius because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Raheem Sterling (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Raheem Sterling (England) because of an injury.

Delay in match Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Lithuania) because of an injury.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).

Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Lithuania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Karolis Chvedukas (Lithuania).

Substitution

Substitution, England. Theo Walcott replaces Danny Welbeck because of an injury.

Corner, England. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (England) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

Corner, England. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (England) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! England 4, Lithuania 0. Harry Kane (England) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

Offside, Lithuania. Georgas Freidgeimas tries a through ball, but Deivydas Matulevicius is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Harry Kane replaces Wayne Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Ross Barkley replaces Jordan Henderson.

Foul by Fabian Delph (England).

Saulius Mikoliunas (Lithuania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lithuania. Simonas Stankevicius replaces Tomas Mikuckis.

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karolis Chvedukas (Lithuania).

Attempt missed. Deivydas Matulevicius (Lithuania) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, England. Danny Welbeck tries a through ball, but Jordan Henderson is caught offside.

Foul by Fabian Delph (England).

Marius Zaliukas (Lithuania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep4400105512
2Iceland43019279
3Netherlands420210556
4Turkey411257-24
5Latvia4022110-92
6Kazakhstan4013410-61

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Israel33009279
2Wales42204228
3Cyprus42029546
4Belgium31207165
5Bos-Herze402226-42
6Andorra4004217-150

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovakia5500112915
2Spain54011431112
3Ukraine53026249
4Belarus5113410-64
5Macedonia5104512-73
6Luxembourg5014314-111

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland43101521310
2Germany42117437
3Scotland42115417
4R. of Ireland421110377
5Georgia410347-33
6Gibraltar4004021-210

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England55001511415
2Slovenia530210469
3Switzerland530211389
4Lithuania5203310-76
5Estonia511315-44
6San Marino5014017-171

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Romania431061510
2Northern Ireland43016339
3Hungary42114317
4Finland411245-14
5Faroe Islands410326-43
6Greece401315-41

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria5410102813
2Sweden52307349
3Russia41216335
4Montenegro41213215
5Liechtenstein5113111-104
6Moldova501428-61

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia4310101910
2Italy431062410
3Norway43016339
4Bulgaria411245-14
5Malta401317-61
6Azerbaijan4004211-90

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark42116427
2Portugal32012116
3Albania311124-24
4Serbia31115411
5Armenia301224-21
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