European Championship Qualifying - Group A
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England 7-0 Montenegro: Hosts reach Euro 2020 as Harry Kane scores hat-trick

Harry Kane
Harry Kane is the first Englishman to score a hat-trick in consecutive games at Wembley

England celebrated their 1,000th game in style as they secured qualification for Euro 2020 and won Group A with an emphatic demolition of Montenegro at Wembley.

Captain Harry Kane moved to sixth in England's list of leading scorers as a first-half hat-trick took his tally to 31 - overhauling Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring on his first start for 18 months while Marcus Rashford was also on the scoresheet in that 45-minute barrage.

As England and the Football Association enjoyed this landmark occasion, with a parade of legends and 1966 World Cup winners in attendance, Montenegro proved the most amenable of opponents, particularly in the opening half when Kane and company ran riot and the visitors' defending was shambolic.

Oxlade-Chamberlain finished superbly to begin the rout while Kane quickly added two headers, with all three goals created by Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell. England's captain and Rashford were also the beneficiaries of Montenegro generosity before the interval.

It was also in evidence in the second half when Aleksandar Sofranac diverted Mason Mount's shot into his own net for England's sixth.

To complete a perfect night for Gareth Southgate and England- who by qualifying automatically ensured they will play all three Euro 2020 group matches at Wembley - the manager was able to give a debut to Leicester City's James Maddison, while substitute Tammy Abraham scored his first full international goal.

The introduction of Liverpool's Joe Gomez appeared to be bizarrely greeted by some jeers from England fans after the clash with Raheem Sterling that saw the Manchester City forward dropped as a disciplinary measure, but otherwise Southgate's side marked this gala occasion and qualification with a flourish before Sunday's final game in Kosovo.

Happy end to Southgate's tough week

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Disappointing & unacceptable - Gareth Southgate & Tammy Abraham on Joe Gomez boos

It has been a testing week for Southgate as he had to handle the fallout from the altercation between Sterling and Gomez at St George's Park on Monday, 24 hours after Liverpool beat Manchester City in the Premier League.

Southgate dropped Sterling but he could sit back and relax as England answered any remaining questions with a first-half performance that ended this game as a contest in short order. Sterling is a world-class player but was not missed as the team Southgate picked dissected hapless Montenegro.

If results have been comfortable in this group - defeat in the Czech Republic apart - Southgate has had difficulties off the field following the racial abuse aimed at England's players in Montenegro and Bulgaria, and the disturbance involving Sterling and Gomez.

It was a moment that tested the unity of an England squad so carefully crafted by Southgate, but all seemed well as Sterling applauded defender Gomez's appearance as a second-half substitute.

However, the booing from some sections of the Wembley crowd was mystifying, whoever was the target. It was the only sour note of the night and totally unnecessary.

England's players provided the best medicine with a victory that once again demonstrated their ability to destroy vulnerable opponents with a potent attack, as they have done throughout this qualifying campaign.

Now they must finish the job with victory in Kosovo as they try to ensure they are seeded for Euro 2020. Greater tests then lie ahead.

England's potential Euro 2020 route
England will be in Group D at Euro 2020. If they finish top of that group, their last-16 tie would be in Dublin, with a potential quarter-final in Rome. If they finish second, it would be Copenhagen and St Petersburg. There are other possibilities if they finish third

England's youth comes through with panache

This was England's youngest starting line-up for 60 years, with an average age of 23 years and 255 days - and while the opposition was poor, this was a very promising glimpse into the future.

Leicester City's Chilwell demonstrated his growth as a player of international stature and his rounded game as he created those first three goals, while Wembley cheered the arrival of his Foxes team-mate Maddison as the gifted midfielder finally got his debut.

Abraham's development into a striker and poacher of growing quality was emphasised by his clinical near-post finish for England's seventh, and his young Chelsea team-mate Mount was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

Mount is 20, while Chilwell, Abraham and Maddison are all still only 22, so they can be part of England's plans for years to come.

Liverpool's Oxlade-Chamberlain may be one of the older brigade these days even though he is still only 26 - but he has endured a lengthy absence from the England scene because of injury. He has been in rich goalscoring form this season, as proved by his powerful, low finish that set England on their way. Southgate will be delighted to have him back at his disposal.

All in all, this was pretty much the ideal night for Southgate and his players as they prepare to travel to Kosovo to conclude another successful qualifying campaign.

England starting XI v Montenegro: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, Winks, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mount, Sancho, Rashford, Kane
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was England's youngest starter on the night at 19 years old

'We wanted to put on a show'

England manager Gareth Southgate on BBC Radio 5 Live: "We played so well in the first half. I know France have taken a long time tonight to get a victory against Moldova.

"We have won a group that we should win but we have won it comfortably and we have found a way of playing against those lower-ranked teams that defend in numbers. We have found a way to break them down, which maybe in the past we haven't."

England captain Harry Kane to ITV: "We have had one slip-up in the group and responded really well. We got the job done and wanted to put on a show in our 1,000th game. With five goals in the first half, I think we did that.

"We want to win that game away from home [against Kosovo]. We will enjoy this with one eye on Sunday."

England legends at half-time
Former England players Paul Gascoigne (left), Jermain Defoe (left centre), David Seaman (right centre) and Glen Johnson (right), paraded the pitch at Wembley durign half-time to celebrate the men's senior team's 1000th game.

Scoring big - the best of the stats

  • In what was England's 1,000th match (W569, D241, L190), the Three Lions earned their biggest home win since October 1987 (8-0 against Turkey).
  • England were 5-0 up after just 37 minutes, which is the earliest they have scored five goals in a game since November 1946 (35 minutes against the Netherlands).
  • England have scored 34 goals in nine games in 2019, their highest tally in a calendar year since 1982 (34 in 15 games). They last scored more in a single year in 1966 (38).
  • England (33) have overtaken Belgium (30) as the highest scorers in Euro 2020 qualifying so far.
  • England have benefited from 54 own goals in their 1,000 matches - one more than their all-time highest goalscorer Wayne Rooney netted.
  • Abraham got his first senior international goal for England, becoming the 430th player to score for the Three Lions.
Official match day programme
The official matchday programme was also a celebration of England's 1,000th game

What's next?

England travel to Pristina to take on Kosovo in their final Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday, 17 November (17:00 GMT).

Line-ups

England

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 8Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forMaddisonat 56'minutes
  • 4Winks
  • 10MountSubstituted forGomezat 70'minutes
  • 7Sancho
  • 9KaneSubstituted forAbrahamat 57'minutes
  • 11Rashford

Substitutes

  • 12Trippier
  • 13Pope
  • 14Rose
  • 15Gomez
  • 16Mings
  • 17Tomori
  • 18Rice
  • 19Maddison
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21C Wilson
  • 22Abraham
  • 23Henderson

Montenegro

  • 12Mijatovic
  • 7VesovicBooked at 33mins
  • 20Sofranac
  • 22Simic
  • 3RadunovicSubstituted forRaspopovicat 45'minutes
  • 8Hocko
  • 5Lagator
  • 4Vukcevic
  • 16JovovicSubstituted forJankovicat 65'minutes
  • 17HaksabanovicSubstituted forBoljevicat 74'minutes
  • 11Beqiraj

Substitutes

  • 1Petkovic
  • 2Raspopovic
  • 6Kopitovic
  • 9Mugosa
  • 13Sarkic
  • 14Sekulic
  • 15Vujacic
  • 18Kojasevic
  • 19Bulatovic
  • 21Boljevic
  • 23Jankovic
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
77,277

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamMontenegro
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, England 7, Montenegro 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 7, Montenegro 0.

Offside, England. Trent Alexander-Arnold tries a through ball, but Jadon Sancho is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! England 7, Montenegro 0. Tammy Abraham (England) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jadon Sancho.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (England).

Marko Jankovic (Montenegro) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, England. Conceded by Momcilo Raspopovic.

Corner, England. Conceded by Dusan Lagator.

James Maddison (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aleksandar Sofranac (Montenegro).

Foul by Tammy Abraham (England).

Deni Hocko (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Montenegro. Aleksandar Boljevic replaces Sead Haksabanovic.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Joseph Gomez replaces Mason Mount.

Foul by James Maddison (England).

Nikola Vukcevic (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Aleksandar Sofranac, Montenegro. England 6, Montenegro 0.

Attempt missed. Mason Mount (England) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jadon Sancho.

Substitution

Substitution, Montenegro. Marko Jankovic replaces Vladimir Jovovic.

Offside, Montenegro. Dusan Lagator tries a through ball, but Fatos Beqiraj is caught offside.

Foul by James Maddison (England).

Deni Hocko (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (England) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ben Chilwell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, England. Conceded by Vladimir Jovovic.

Foul by Mason Mount (England).

Fatos Beqiraj (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Tammy Abraham replaces Harry Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, England. James Maddison replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Offside, England. Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Mason Mount is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Foul by Harry Maguire (England).

Fatos Beqiraj (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England).

Marko Vesovic (Montenegro) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Marcus Rashford (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Vladimir Jovovic (Montenegro).

Second Half

Second Half begins England 5, Montenegro 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Montenegro. Momcilo Raspopovic replaces Risto Radunovic.

Half Time

First Half ends, England 5, Montenegro 0.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands65011971215
2Germany65012061415
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus7115412-84
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland733164212
2Denmark63301651112
3Switzerland6321125711
4Georgia7223710-38
5Gibraltar6006219-170

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia7421146814
2Hungary740389-112
3Slovakia6312108210
4Wales62226608
5Azerbaijan6015514-91

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain86201951420
2Sweden8431189915
3Romania8422178914
4Norway82511310311
5Faroe Islands8107423-193
6Malta8107218-163

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland86111321119
2Austria85121771016
3North Macedonia83231011-111
4Slovenia8323138511
5Israel83231515011
6Latvia8008227-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium88003012924
2Russia87012742321
3Cyprus83141312110
4Scotland83051117-69
5Kazakhstan8215913-47
6San Marino8008043-430

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy88002532224
2Finland8503128415
3Armenia83141315-210
4Bos-Herze83141714310
5Greece8224913-48
6Liechtenstein8026225-232
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