LONDON: England returned to Wembley for the first time since the disappointing Euro 2020 final by thrashing dwarfs Andorra 4-0 early this morning to maintain a perfect record in World Cup qualifiers.
Manager Gareth Southgate changed his entire starting line-up to a comfortable 4-0 win in Hungary in midweek-the first time England have done so since 1982.
However, the hosts were not the 156th team in the world despite England struggling to get a goal early in the game.
Jesse Lingard blasted home two goals and substitute Harry Kane scored a penalty before Bukayo Saka’s late goal allowed England to record five wins from five games in Group I en route to Qatar 2022.
Southgate said his players had a hard time getting along while admitting they struggled to find rhythm despite controlling position.
Saka, the Arsenal player who failed to complete a penalty in the Euro 2020 final against Italy also found the net and Southgate hopes the 20 -year -old can “cover up” his disappointment.
“He received a warm welcome before and during the match,” Southgate told ITV. “You can see how popular he is with the other players on the team.
“I hope it will close it if it’s needed, but I don’t think any player in the locker room thinks other than positive things about what he did last summer.”