England Seal Euro 2020 Qualification in Style

England marked their 1000th International fixture with a seven goal routing over Montenegro to secure qualification for next summer’s Euro 2020 Finals. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned in from Ben Chilwell’s cross before Harry Kane doubled their lead, with a headed brace from free-kick then corner shortly afterwards. 

Marcus Rashford then added a fourth on the half-hour mark from Harry Maguire’s blocked header. 

Kane then completed his hat-trick seven minutes later when he turned in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross to net his 31st England goal and move up to sixth on the all-time goal-scorer list. 

Aleksandar Sofranac’s own goal from a goalmouth scramble and Tammy Abraham’s poke in from a Jadon Sancho pass in the second half then completed a thumping home win. 

 

‘scrappy start’

England made a scrappy start with their best chance in the early exchanges coming from Sancho’s square ball to Kane, only for Predrag Mijatovic to make a sixth minute block and clear the ball. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain then broke the deadlock five minutes later when he picked up a cross from Ben Chilwell and rifled in from close range. 

Rashford then set up their second on the counter-attack seven minutes later in an one-two with Kane only for Mijatovic to clear for a corner, which led to Chilwell getting fouled by Deni Hocko and a free-kick that was eventually headed in by Kane.

Kane soon added his second just six minutes later when he headed in from a corner, which was created by a deflection of Rashford’s cross. 

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Having set up their second and third goals, Rashford then got his reward on the half-hour mark, turning in a blocked header of Harry Maguire to effectively seal victory which was confirmed seven minutes later. 

Alexander-Arnold whipped in a 37th minute cross to Kane who quickly got control of the ball before rifling in his hat-trick, which saw him become England’s sixth all-time goal scorer. 

Montenegro then produced their only real chance when Fatos Beciraj picked up a through ball, although his shot was cleared by an alert Jordan Pickford. 

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England made a quiet start to the second half until Rashford’s 66th minute cross was headed backwards by Sancho, triggering a goalmouth scramble which ended in Sofranac bundling into his own net. 

Sub, Tammy Abraham then completed a classic performance with a brilliant 84th minute poke-in from Sancho’s square ball as England sealed their spot at next summer’s Euros.

 

What Next? 

England finish their qualifying campaign with an away trip to Kosovo on Sunday (5pm KO), whilst Czech Republic visit Bulgaria after having came from behind against England’s next opponents to secure their qualification. 

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