The Three Lions thrashed Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley in a qualifier for Euro 2016 with goals from Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.  With his 47th goal for England, Rooney now moved to just two behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record, while Kane scored his debut for the Three Lions.

The Three Lions started the night on their front foot and Rooney should have opened the scoring in the fifth minute, as he was through the middle of the Lithuania defence, but ended up side-footing his shot straight onto the woodwork.  Rooney then could not be kept out for too much longer – a minute later, after Danny Welbeck tested the Lithuanian keeper with a shot across him, which he could only rebound straight into the path of Rooney, the captain nodded his opener from six yards.

Inspired Rooney had another chance to double his tally in the 20th minute, when he was picked out by Welbeck from the right, only to direct a cushioned looping header onto the crossbar, as he became the first England player to hit the woodwork twice in five years.   Welbeck then doubled England’s score just before the stroke of half-time; that was his sixth goal in five international matches.

England resumed their siege on Lithuania’s goal at the start of the second-half, with a volley from Fabian Delph and a snapshot from Welbeck, both saved from a valiant Lithuanian keeper Giedrius Arlauskis.  However, he was unable to stop England’s third after the hour mark, as Sterling made a good near post run and was found by Rooney for his first international goal.

Roy Hodgson made a double substitution in the 71st minute; the first player to come on was Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who replaced Jordan Henderson, and the second was Kane, who replaced the captain, to make his first appearance for the England senior side. The young Tottenham talent did not disappoint; he penned the final chapter of his story this season by scoring his first goal for England, after only 79 seconds of being on the pitch.

After a disappointing World Cup in Brazil, the Three Lions have excelled in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, winning now all five of their clashes to give them a comfortable six-point lead over Slovenia and Switzerland, who have won three and lost two of their opening games.
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