England vs Lithuania
In a real touch of class, Jermaine Defoe and terminally ill Sunderland fan Bradley Lowry lead out the team for this Group F qualifier. And 1 minutes silence is observed in tribute to the victims of the Westminster attack.
England play the ball around in the early going as they try to find a way through the Lithuanian setup. England come forward dominating the possession and the chances but they fail to make anything count. England finally make the pressure count in the 21st minute as Jermaine Defoe taps in off a ball from Raheem Sterling to make it 1-0. Defoe scores on his return to the squad. England continue to press forward and try to add to the lead as they’re firmly in control of this one. Lithuania were almost through after the ball is headed over Joe Hart but John Stones raced back to clear the ball off the line.
A good first half for England from a technical stand point, they got the goal and looked comfortable on the ball at all times with only that little slip up right at the end of the first half. England lead 1-0 at half time.
England come out on the front foot in the second half, coming close to a goal early in the 47th minute. England remain in control but they have to thwart a few attacks from Lithuania. England finally added to their tally in the 65th minute as substitute Jamie Vardy scored with his first touch since his introduction. Vardy’s strike hard into the bottom corner capped off a brilliant attacking move to make it 2-0. The Three Lions saw the game out at 2-0 although they went close a number of times.