Lithuania V England- Match Report

England made it ten wins out of ten this evening as they won 0-3 in Lithuania in their final Euro 2016 Qualifier.

Lithuania goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis proved to be England’s toughest opponent as he kept Harry Kane’s tally down to one after several powerful shots from the Tottenham forward in the first half.

Ross Barkley’s deflected strike from 25 yards put England ahead in the 29th minute, breaking the deadlock and giving the fans something to talk about after a very lackluster start to the match.

Roy Hodgson’s men doubled their lead six minutes later when Harry Kane’s left footed shot hit the post before rebounding in off of Watford man Arlauskis in the Lithuania goal. The goal came after a neat one two between Kane and Adam Lallana just inside the 18 yard box.

England rounded off an easy win when Alex Oxlade Chamberlin’s close range shot found the roof of the net in the 62nd minute.

All in all, a comfortable night for a much changed England side from Friday’s 2-0 win against Estonia.

Inexperienced goalkeeper Jack Butland was untroubled throughout while Phil Jagielka couldn’t have asked for a more relaxed game as he captained his country for the first time in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

Selection issues?

Roy Hodgson has a serious selection dilemma facing him ahead of the Finals next year in France.

Harry Kane’s scoring start to his Senior International career makes it difficult to look past him as a front runner to be England’s main number nine next summer. Daniel Sturridge’s return to fitness, however, gives Hodgson another striking option. With Wayne Rooney’s position in the starting line up looking unthreatened at the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a place for two centre forwards. Danny Welbeck’s impressive England form prior to his injury also means he remains in the back of the manager’s mind.

Ross Barkley’s strong form for club and country in recent matches would normally make him a strong contender for a place in the England midfield, yet the eventual return of Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph and Jack Wilshere means no one’s place is assured.

There is also the matter of how Hodgson will fit the likes of Raheem Sterling, Oxlade Chamberlin, Adam Lallana and Theo Walcott into the team. If Rooney continues to occupy the number ten position, it will be interesting to see whether the manager opts to use a striking duo along with a midfield trio or two holding midfielders behind three attacking midfielders and one centre forward.

The uncertainty surrounding England’s preferred starting lineup and system isn’t a problem at the moment as the manager persists to experiment, however as time goes by the pressure will be on to ensure the side are fully prepared to face Europe’s best.

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