Updated: March 26, 2017 11:40:28 pm
England remained unbeaten and maintained their clean sheet status in the World Cup Qualifiers in a breezy victory over Lithuania at Wembley Two goals from Jermaine Defoe and Jamie Vardy in either halves got Three Lions the victory as the win came under somber circumstances after a minute’s silence was observed to pay tributes to those who lost their lives in the London attacks this past week.
England vs Lithuania, World Cup Qualifiers:
2325 hrs IST: FULL TIME! England have it easy after that defeat in Germany in a friendly. Joe Hart and England yet to concede these World Cup Qualifiers and remain the only side so far to go without conceding in the five games. Stretch their unbeaten run in qualifiers to 35 games.
Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany, San Marino 0-6 Czech Republic, Armenia 2-0 Kazakhstan
2318 hrs IST: Rashford with superb play. Takes on his man and then beats him to pace down the left and into the box. Tries to square it for a fellow England shirt in the area but it is blocked and cleared away
2311 hrs IST: Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany: Andre Schurrle gets his second of the night. And Germany are cruising along
2309 hrs IST: San Marino 0-6 Czech Republic: Vladimir Darida has one more for the Czechs. First goal in the half
2307 hrs IST: Jamie Vardy keeps on waiting for the ball to come around the shape of his body and around his left side but waits too long, keeper comes out to put him under pressure and the Leicester striker sends it over the crossbar
2250 hrs IST: GOAL! Jamie Vardy makes it 2-0 to the home side with Adam Lallana providing the assist. Some slick passing by Walker and Lallana before it is played in Vardy’s path who casually slots it home
2245 hrs IST: CHANGES:
Grigaravičius (in) – Novikovas (out) (Lithuania).
Vardy (in) – Defoe (out) (England).
Rashford (in) – Sterling (out) (England).
2220 hrs IST: HALF TIME! England go into the break 1-0 with a Jermaine Defoe goal. First England goal for the striker in four years.
2218 hrs IST: Meanwhile in London, John Stones is needed by England to ensure the clean sheet remains intact for Joe Hart. A long header forward and Slivka is not offside, gets his header going towards the goal but Stones is on hand to ensure the lead.
2217 hrs IST: San Marino 0-5 Czech Republic: Krmenčik scores for the Czechs in the 43rd minute and they go into the break the comfortable of the two sides. 5-0 up.
2215 hrs IST: Azerbaijan 1-3 Germany: Mario Gomez has Germany leading 3-1 at the break after a Joshua Kimmich cross.
2205 hrs IST: Azerbaijan 1-2 Germany: Nazarov equalises for Azerbaijan but Germany take lead once again with Thomas Muller. Nazarov controls the ball well from the right and moves into the box and places it into the bottom right corner. Turnover by an Azerbaijan player and Schurrle plays an inch perfect through ball for Muller to round the keeper and shot into an open goal
2158 hrs IST: San Marino 0-4 Czech Republic: Blink and you miss it sort of situation for San Marino. They’re yet to win in 126 competitive matches and that looks like it will continue. Barák with a brace in the 17th and 24th minute followed by goals for Darida (19th minute) and Gebre Selassie (26th minute)
2157 hrs IST: Azerbaijan 0-1 Germany: Andre Schurrle gives Deutchland the lead in Baku. Low cross from the left and Schurrle does well to find the little space to beat the keeper and tap it home.
2153 hrs IST: GOAL! Jermaine Defoe continues to find the back of the net be it for club or country. Opens his body up after a superb run down the left channel by Raheem Sterling. Goes galloping past the defender and side foots it for an open Defoe.
2145 hrs IST: England with some half chances here and there but nothing concrete just yet.
2130 hrs IST: And we’re underway at the Wembley. England in their all-white kit and Lithuania in the yellow. Home side attacking from right to left and Lithuania move the other side. Brilliant moment at the start as Hart, skipper tonight, lets Jermaine Defoe and his best mate and cancer fighter Bradley lead out the team
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) 26 March 2017
2115 hrs IST: TEAMS:
ENGLAND XI: Hart; Walker, Stones, Keane, Bertrand; Dier, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sterling, Alli, Lallana; Defoe
LITHUANIA XI: Setkus; Klimavicius, Cernych, Slavickas, Kijanskas, Vaitkunas; Kuklys, Slivka, Valskis, Zulpa; Novikovas
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