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FutureStarrEngland 2 Ukraine 0 Live Review
England put in an assured performance to secure a 2-0 victory at Wembley in UEFA Group C qualifying. Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka put England into an early lead, leaving Gareth Southgate pleased with his side's display.
At Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening, thousands of Ukraine refugees and their families - who had been invited - flooded the stadium. Adorned in vibrant yellow and blue flags, their presence provided a stark contrast to the gray clouds of war that have been hanging over the country. It was heartening to acknowledge their presence at such an important game.
On Sunday, Harry Kane extended his goalscoring record for England to 55 by opening the scoring against Ukraine at Wembley. This allowed him to surpass Wayne Rooney as the all-time leading scorer for England.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane put England firmly in the driving seat with his stunning goal in the 37th minute, turning Bukayo Saka's perfect cross into his second goal of the match. This goal kept Ukraine at arm's length for the remainder of the contest as Gareth Southgate's side continued their dominant dominance throughout Euro 2024 qualifying.
After the break, Raheem Sterling added another goal for England by sticking out a leg to divert Harry Kane's cross over the line and score his first World Cup goal for the Three Lions. It was an intense second half from England who now lead Ukraine by two goals.
Harry Kane, the record goalscorer, played an integral role in ensuring England's victory. He remained a constant presence in the middle of the park and provided a crucial link between midfield and attack for the hosts.
He remained composed and composed throughout the game, making several crucial interceptions to deny Ukraine a chance at goal. It was an encouraging performance for him and one which he hopes to improve upon in future matches.
Ben Chilwell put in an energetic performance as he returned to action following Luke Shaw's red card against Italy. Rice also put on a strong show, making several key tackles on the edge of his own box as Ukraine threatened.
Harry Maguire is an experienced A-ball defender who has been with England for several years. He has earned seven caps for his country and is ranked among the top 10 most expensive defenders worldwide.
He has been in impressive form in recent international matches and is eager to represent his country at the 2024 European Championships. Hopefully he can put in a good performance against Ukraine today.
England found a way to fight through an early setback and take an impressive half-time lead against visitors thanks to Tottenham striker Harry Kane's goal and Buyako Saka's own goal.
Gareth Southgate's team are on track to qualify for next summer's Euro 2024 tournament in Germany with six points from their opening two matches against Italy and Ukraine. On June 16, they travel to North Macedonia where they face Malta before hosting the United States at Old Trafford on Monday June 19.
Harry Kane, who has now passed Wayne Rooney as England's all-time leading goalscorer in Naples, opened the scoring eight minutes before halftime with an exquisite first-half strike that earned him a standing ovation as he was presented with his golden boot before kickoff.
Jesse Lingard followed up his impressive Premier League performances with another outstanding display for Gareth Southgate's England. He was an integral part of their 6-1 victory against Panama on Sunday, scoring the goal that guaranteed them their first ever quarterfinal appearance at a World Cup tournament.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful stint at West Ham United during his loan from Manchester United, scoring nine goals in 16 matches for David Moyes' side. He was one of West Ham's standout performers during their Europa League campaign and had the potential to break into Southgate's squad before injury limited him to only two substitute appearances against Tunisia and Colombia.
On the eve of the Russia World Cup, Southgate said: "Jesse is an exceptional player who has a knack for recognising space and working away from the ball to create an effective link between midfield and attack. He's one of our best players, with an exceptional ability to keep possession."
England made a strong start and quickly made their advantage count with John Stones heading home from close range after an entertaining triple-tag wrestling bout at a corner. Sterling then had two chances to double the lead but failed to convert either one on one against Olsen before having his shot deflected behind.
Gareth Southgate's England side made an ideal start to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, defeating Ukraine at Wembley to stay top of Group C. Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka gave England a commanding 2-0 lead that held up even with Luke Shaw's red card. Despite all that, England secured all six points with ease.
Rice made his first England start since March 2019 and was one of their best players on the night, helping to stop Ukraine counterattacks with some impressive tackles and set-pieces. Furthermore, he provided an assist for Jordan Henderson's goal.
West Ham players rarely get the chance to make an international impact, but Rice made the most of his chance, showing why he's a regular for both their club and England.
He's an impressive all-round midfielder, capable of getting forward and connecting with attacking players. Additionally, he displays great aerial ability with some clever passes as well as being an effective ball-winner.
The midfield was in complete control against a fatigued Ukraine team. A few substitutions late in the game finally reinvigorated their attack, with Jack Grealish and Conor Gallagher combining inside the box before Trubin had to make an impressive save.
England have made an incredible start to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign as Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka lead them to a commanding win against Ukraine. Gareth Southgate's side have now won two games in a row for the first time since 1961 as they look to stay ahead of Group C leaders Italy.
On Thursday night, England made several changes from their team that beat Italy in Naples. Phil Foden had to withdraw after surgery and Luke Shaw was sent off early while Chelsea's Ben Chilwell replaced Jordan Henderson at left-back. John Stones, who served an international ban for his red card against Hungary last month, also missed out on starting XI.
On Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium, England took the lead for the first time with Harry Kane's 22nd international goal. Three minutes later, Kane made it 2-0 by teeing up Bukayo Saka's cross and curving it into the bottom left corner with ease.
It has been a quiet second half for the hosts, but there have been some nice moments. Chilwell attempts a long-range free-kick which deflects wide and James Maddison fails to connect with his header.
At Wembley Stadium, there were plenty of Ukrainian supporters present but they made little impact on the game as England easily cruised to victory. This victory kept England's perfect record in Group C intact and propelled them to the top of the table; moreover, it gave England's fans some encouragement ahead of next year's World Cup.
After a sluggish start, England asserted their dominance with Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka scoring both goals to secure an unassailable 2-0 victory. With six points now under their belts, Gareth Southgate's side are in pole position to top Group C going into the next round of qualifiers with another game against Italy still to come.
Saka's first goal was an impressive piece of playmaking, catching the ball with his left foot and working a yard of space to cross for Kane who volleyed home with his right. Three minutes later, Arsenal winger once again demonstrated his talent by curling in an exquisite shot from outside the area that truly showed off his skills.
Saka's performance was only the beginning. He provided an endless source of graceful elusiveness and creativity throughout, showing signs that he had been in superb form this season with Arsenal. Simply having Saka on hand would have given Southgate's side an immense lift.
England had an impressive start to the game, finishing 0-0 at halftime with a scoreline that belied their quality. The second half was much calmer, and it wasn't until Harry Maguire saw his header saved from close range and Jack Grealish made his first international appearance that England started to click.
England's victory, their first under Southgate, provides them with a much-needed confidence boost ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Poland and Russia. If they can carry this form into the next round, this squad could really shine in Europe.