Harry Kane scored a hattrick to answer his critics as England secured one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in World Cup qualifying. Gareth Southgate and his side now only require a point from their last game against San Marino, the lowest-ranked side in the world. In what had the making of a nervy night, England led by their captain scored five goals in the opening half to put the game to bed.
England: Pickford (7), Walker (6), Stones (6), Maguire (7), James (8), Henderson (8), Phillips (6), Chilwell (6), Foden (6), Kane (8), Sterling (7).
Subs used: Grealish (6), Bellingham (6), Abraham (5), Smith Rowe (6), Alexander-Arnold (6)
Man of the match: Harry Kane.
England boss Gareth Southgate: “I thought it was a really strong team performance, particularly that first half. We had an edge about us tonight and we’re at our best when we have an edge. We needed a collective response from our last game. We’re clear why we felt we didn’t get that performance [against Hungary] and we addressed that in the first half.”
“What pleased me most about Kane tonight was his all-around performance. We know he’s going to score goals. I liked the way he was aggressive in his hold-up play, he was running in behind, his link play was on song tonight.” he added. “He was helped by good movement around him from Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden in particular and the wing-backs charging forward.”
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