England continued their unbeaten record in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a workmanlike 2-0 win over Lithuania at a sun-drenched Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Going into the clash 93 places above their opponents, it took England less than 25 minutes to break Lithuania’s resistance when Jermain Defoe slotted into a gaping net on his international return.
With the game in danger of going flat, the introductions of Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy on the hour mark lifted spirits on the Wembley turf, with the Leicester City forward tucking the ball past Ernestas Setkus at the near-post after good one-touch work from Adam Lallana to double England’s advantage.
England’s victory was their 34th consecutive qualifying fixture without defeat, and sees them extend their lead at the top of the Group F table to five points ahead of the next round of matches in June.
See over the next few pages for The Boot Room’s view of a comfortable evening’s work at Wembley.
Joe Hart – Captain of England for the day, he showed his tendency to make uncharacteristic mistakes by allowing the ball to loop over him towards the goal; he’ll certainly owe Stones for his goal-line clearance. Aside from that heart-in-mouth moment, it was an expectedly quiet afternoon for Hart. 5.