Lingard double helps England ease past Andorra

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Lingard double helps England ease past Andorra

Jesse Lingard returned to the scoresheet for England for the first time in three years with two targets in his facet‘s 4-0 win over Andorra in a one-sided World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

The Manchester United ahead opened the scoring within the 18th minute and struck again late on after Harry Kane had finally doubled England’s lead with a 72nd-minute penalty.

Bukayo Saka gave a more realistic reflection to England’s whole domination against the Pyrenees principality when he headed within the fourth goal on his 20th birthday.

England’s victory of their first match at Wembley since the heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat by Italy within the Euro 2020 ultimate in July maintained their 100% file in qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

They prime Group I with 15 factors, six forward of Albania who beat Hungary 1-0. Poland will minimize their result in 5 presuming they beat San Marino afterward Sunday.

The ambiance at Wembley may hardly have been extra completely different to the wet July evening when England’s desires of Euro 2020 glory had been ended by Italy in stomach-churning stress.

A sizeable crowd, having fun with a burst of late-summer sunshine, had been hardly fixated by the motion in entrance of them and a few began amusing themselves by making paper airplanes as England’s shadow staff made heavy climate of opening up the Andorrans.

Andorra would have taken reaching halftime solely trailing 1-0 as an ethical victory, particularly as they barely managed a kick in a primary half resembling an England passing train.

England made 11 adjustments from the facet that crushed Hungary in midweek, the primary time that had occurred since 1982.

And when Lingard scored his first England goal for three years within the 18th minute, firing previous Andorra keeper Josep Gomes after link-up play by Saka and Jude Bellingham, Gareth Southgate’s second-string seemed set to run riot.

However after Lingard had a second goal ruled out for offside, the primary half proved irritating for the hosts as Andorra camped in their own penalty space.

Debutant Patrick Bamford was agonizingly near touching in a low cross however for all their superiority England managed just one shot on target earlier than halftime.

Reece James thumped a shot against the crossbar shortly after the break however with an hour elapsed Southgate sent on A-listers with Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount.

The trio mixed for England’s second goal within the 72nd minute, Grealish enjoying in Mount who was shoved over within the space and captain Kane dispatched the penalty into the nook.

Lingard beat Gomes with a low shot from distance within the 78th minute however essentially the most cheered goal of the evening was Saka’s header — a fine way to soothe the ache of the missed penalty that handed Italy the Euro 2020 trophy.

“It was the perfect Wembley current for me,” Arsenal’s Saka stated. “Actually happy with the reception everyone gave me. It means everything for me.”

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