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Friday, 27 March 2015
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

England 4 Lithuania 0 [2-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 83,671;
Kick-off: 7.45pm GMT
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Wayne Rooney (rebounded eight yard header after a Welbeck shot 6 5:59), Danny Welbeck (headed in from six yards a cross, deflected in off Kijankas' thigh 45 44:07), Raheem Sterling (five yard tap in from a Rooney cross in off the post 58 57:41), Harry Kane (four yard header from a Sterling cross 73 72:29). Match Summary
England Squad

Lithuania Squad
Results 2010-2015 Lithuania - Marius Zaliukas (41 40:08), Donatas Kazlauskas (90+1 90:33)
England - Raheem Sterling (80 79:50)

Lithuania kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:09 & 48:07).


Match Summary

Officials from Czech Republic




Referee (red) - Pavel Královec
37 (16 August 1977), Domazlicich, FIFA listed 2005.

Assistant Referees - Roman Slyško PhD, 41 (4 August 1973), Šal'a, Slovakia and Martin Wilczek, 44 (23 May 1970).

Fourth official - Tomáš Mokrusch, 33 (5 Januaary 1982).
Additional Assistant Referees - Radek Príhoda
, 41 (25 March 1974), and Michal Paták, 39 (28 October 1975).

UEFA Referee Observer - Kaj Natri, Finland
UEFA Delegate - Benny Jacobsen, Denmark

29 Goal Attempts 3
20 Attempts on Target 0
2 Hit Bar/Post 0
8 Corner Kicks Won 1
0 Offside Calls Against 1
11 Fouls Conceded 13
68% Possession 32%

England Team



FIFA (12 March 2015) 17th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, ninth captaincy.
Gary Cahill, 72nd minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
38th match, W 22 - D 11 - L 5 - F 77 - A 29.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 49 34 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 23 5 April 1991 RB Southampton FC 3 0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 30 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 30 1
4 Henderson, Jordan B., off 71st min. 24 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 19 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 29 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 34 3
6 Jones, Philip A. 23 21 February 1992 CD Manchester United FC 14 0
7 Sterling, Raheem S. 20 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RF Liverpool FC 14 1
Sterling cautioned in the 80th minute for a foul. He lost the ball after running towards the penalty area, colliding into and injuring Andriuškevicius.
8 Carrick, Michael 33 28 July 1981 CM Manchester United FC 32 0
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 77th min. 24 26 November 1990 LF Arsenal FC 33 14
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 72nd min. 29 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 102 47
11 Delph, Fabian 25 21 November 1989 LM Aston Villa FC 4 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 Lithuania 0
20 Barkley, Ross, on 71st min. (70:26) for Henderson 21 5 December 1993 M Everton FC 11 0
18 Kane, Harry E., on 72nd min (71:10) for Rooney 21 28 July 1993 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
scoreline: England 4 Lithuania 0
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 77th min. (76:36) for Welbeck 26 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 37 5
result: England 4 Lithuania 0

unused substitutes:

12-Chris Smalling, 13-Jack Butland, 15-Phil Jagielka, 16-James Milner, 17-Andros Townsend, 19-Ryan Mason, 21-Kieran Gibbs, 22-Kyle Walker, 23-Rob Green.

team notes:

Rooney became the first England player since June 2010 to hit the woodwork twice in the same match.
Kane's first goal came 79 seconds after coming on, after seven minutes waiting on the sidelines.
England record their best ever start to a season, seven wins out of seven.
4-3-3 Hart -
Clyne, Cahill, Jones, Baines -
(Barkley), Carrick, Delph -
Sterling, Rooney
(Kane), Welbeck (Walcott).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.1 Appearances/Goals 30.4 5.7


Lithuania Team



FIFA (12 March 2015) 94th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating =96th to 99th
Colours: Made by Hummel - Yellow crew neck jerseys with black trimmed collar/side flashes and green Hummel zip sleeve trim, pale green shorts with white Hummel zip side trim, yellow socks.
Capt: Tadas Kijanskas Manager: Igoris Pankratjevas, 55 (9 August 1960), appointed caretaker manager 13 September 2013, permanently on 21 December 2013;
14th match, W 4 - D - 4 - L 6 - F 10 - A 17.
Lithuania Lineup
1 Arlauskis, Giedrius 27 1 December 1987 G FC Steaua Bucuresti, Rumania 20 0
23 Andriuškevicius, Vytautas, injured off 83rd min. 24 8 October 1990 LB SC Cambuur, Netherlands 17 0
3 Freidgeimas, Georgas 27 10 September 1987 RB VMFD Zalgiris 16 0
4 Kijanskas, Tadas 29 6 September 1985 CD Hapoel Haifa FC, Israel 41 1
5 Mikuckis, Tomas, off 66th min 32 13 January 1983 CM FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia 11 0
6 Zaliukas, Marius 31 10 November 1983 CD Rangers FC, Scotland 26 1
Zaliukas cautioned in the 41st minute for handball. He tried to prevent a Delph through-ball reaching Rooney near the touchline.
7 Žulpa, Artūras 24 10 June 1990 CM FC Aktobe, Kazakhstan 9 0
15 Chvedukas, Karolis 23 21 April 1991 LM FK Suduva 10 0
9 Matulevičius, Deivydas 25 8 April 1989 CF CS Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu, Romania 19 5
22 Černych, Fedor I. 23 21 May 1991
born in Moscow
AM GKS Górnik Leczna, Poland 16 1
13 Mikoliunas, Saulius, off 88th min 30 2 May 1984 RM FK Shakhtsyor Salihorsk, Belarus 71 5
Lithuania Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 Lithuania 0
19 Stankevicius, Simonas, on 66th min (65:53) for Mikuckis 17 3 October 1995 F Leicester City FC, England 9 0
scoreline: England 4 Lithuania 0
17 Slavickas, Vaidas, on 83rd min. (82:26) for Andriuškevicius 29 26 February 1986 LB FC Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, Rumania 5 0
11 Kazlauskas, Donatas, on 88th min (87:09) for Mikoliunas 20 31 March 1994 M KS Lechia GSA, Poland 3 0
Kazlauskas cautioned in the 91st minute for a Dissent. He kicked the ball away after he had foulded Sterling outside his own penalty area.
result: England 4 Lithuania 0

unused substitutes:

2-Gediminas Vičius, 8-Egidijus Vaitkunas, 10-Gratas Sirgedas, 12-Emilijus Zubas, 14-Vytautas Lukša, 16-Ricardas Beniušis, 18-Mindaugas Panka, 20-Valdemar Borovskij, 21-Vytautas Cerniauskas.
4-4-1-1 Arlauskis -
Andriuškevicius (Slavickas), Kijanskas, Zaliukas, Freidgeimas -
Mikoliunas, Žulpa, Mikuckis
(Stankevicius), Chvedukas -
Černych -

Matulevičius (Kazlauskas).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 23.3 1.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Once again England were faced with inferior opposition at Wembley in this, the latest group match, on their journey to the European Championships in France next year.  England still had to negotiate this hurdle though, and in the end they despatched Lithuania clinically and efficiently and will now move on to the next challenge.

England were on the front foot from the start of the match and as early as the fourth minute they so nearly took the lead.  Fabian Delph prodded the ball forward and it set Wayne Rooney free of the defence, as the goalkeeper, Giedrius Arlaukis came out, Rooney side-footed the ball past him.  Unfortunately the ball hit the inside of a post and trickled along the line and out for a goal-kick.  Just three minutes later though, Raheem Sterling was challenged and Danny Welbeck pounced on to the loose ball.  He surged towards goal before unleashing a fierce shot which Arlaukis parried upwards only to see the alert Rooney following up to head home a very well-taken goal.

Play settled down for a while with England in control and on 19 minutes they created another chance.  This time Sterling found Welbeck and a fine run and cross to the far post saw Rooney there again.  His looping header back across goal beat the keeper but cannoned back of the angle of bar and post.  Jordan Henderson could only shoot over from the rebound.  Before this match Rooney just needed three goals to reach Bobby Charlton's goals record total of 49, and here we were on 20 minutes and Rooney had already scored once and hit the woodwork twice.

The game went into a quiet spell over the next 20 minutes with England in total control and with Lithuania's attacking ideas limited to just one left-wing cross taken off Deivydas Matulevicius's toes by a block by Phil Jones.  England, meanwhile, did not create too much during this period either, although both Henderson and Leighton Baines scuffed decent chances.

As the half drew to a close, Rooney saw a low free-kick well gathered by Arlaukis and then from another free-kick the lively Welbeck drove forward to curl a good shot just over.  At this stage the crowd were getting just a little restless at England's inability to finish off Lithuania, but the mood was lifted when England finally added a second goal just before the break.  Welbeck, who had just had a penalty appeal turned down, was in the middle as Henderson drove in another low cross.  Welbeck stooped low to glance a header goalwards and the ball went in off of a defender.

The second half began with England still pushing forward and dominating the game.  Only an outstanding save from Arlaukis kept out an excellent volley by Delph, following a fine Rooney cross.  The pace of Sterling, Rooney and especially Welbeck caused the Lithuanian defence all sorts of problems throughout, and Welbeck again went down in the area after what appeared to be a trip.  Again the referee would have none of it though.  On 58 minutes Rooney burst down the right and he fired in the perfect low cross which Sterling sprinted on to, scoring with a close range effort, his first goal for his country.  An identical move a minute later so nearly brought another goal, but this time a defender managed a touch to clear the danger.  As Lithuania visibly tired it was only a matter of time before England would score again.  The other question that remained unanswered was exactly when Roy Hodgson would bring on man of the moment, Harry Kane for his first taste of England action.  Both of those questions were answered on 70 minutes when first Ross Barkley replaced Henderson, and then Kane came on for the England captain Rooney.  The tumultuous welcome that greeted the Tottenham man must have been a real tonic for the youngster and he responded as only he could.

England continued to dominate play, and when Michael Carrick found Sterling down the left, the Liverpool man jinked his way to the bye-line before sending over a tantalising cross to the far post.
  And would you believe it, who should be there waiting, but Harry Kane, and he powered a downward header past the goalkeeper's despairing dive and the stadium erupted!  Kane had been on from between 78 to 80 seconds, depending which clock you believe, but his prolific season continued with yet another goal to add to his collection.

In the final minutes Matulevicius cleared off the line from man-of-the-match Welbeck, the striker's last action before being substituted by Theo Walcott, and then Delph again came close to scoring with a shot just wide.  England saw out the remaining minutes with ease and Lithuania seemed delighted in keeping the home side to just the four goals.  England won this match with plenty to spare and now hold a handsome lead at the top of the group.  In some ways it is good to see England so dominant, but a word of caution was being offered all round for the stiffer task the team might face when they play the finals next year, as they surely will.  The next game in Italy will be a much more interesting test to see how far we have come since the poor showing in the World Cup.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor