England once again proved why they are one of the top contenders for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, as the team bested Lithuania 4-0 in a game that also showcased Wayne Rooney’s and Harry Kane’s prowess.
Rooney served as the biggest component in the Brit’s victory, delivering the first goal of the match that helped England secure the lead. The goal also ended becoming personally significant to the forward, who also serves as the team’s captain, as it put him at 47 goals ifor the English team, just two goals shy of the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton.
England’s second goal came in courtesy of Kane, who finally netted his first international goal. During the post-game interview, Kane couldn’t hide his excitement over his debut goal for England. “It’s the best moment of my career,” he said. “To represent my country at senior level is the top and hopefully I can continue to keep doing it and hopefully this goal is the first of many.“
Team manager Roy Hodgson was also very enthusiastic about Kane’s goal. “He has had a wonderful season and crowned his debut with a well-taken goal,” Hodgson mused. “It’s nice when fairytales come true.”
The final two goals were delivered by Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck to complete a total takedown of the Lithuanians. The win means that England stays on top of the Group E standings with a hefty six point lead and also boosts their chances of a seat in next year’s tournament.
However, Lithuania did not simply bow down to the English, as they threw in an impressive performance, managing to pull off a first half scare for the opposing team, thanks to the efforts of Deivydas Matulevicius and Vytautas Andriuskevicius. Ultimately though, these wasn’t enough to convert to a goal.
Nevertheless, Lithuanian coach Igoris Pankratjevas graciously accepted the loss. “We lost by a big margin to a better team who were better in all aspects of the game.”