England thrash Montenegro and qualify for Euro 2020 on 1,000th match

By Beth Surridge

England’s Football team secured their place for the Euro 2020’s on Thursday (14th November) night with a 7-0 win against Montenegro.

The men celebrated the squad’s 1,000th game in style, with other milestones coming from the players as well.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane stepped up to the mark with another hat-trick, his third for England, and made history by becoming the highest goal scorer as captain for England of all time, surpassing Vivian Woodward (24 v 23).

Young fan Paul Briffett, 20, who studies History at De Montfort University in Leicester, said: “It was a great game that marked a great occasion. (Gareth) Southgate has had a lot to deal with in the past few games, and this result solidified his strength as England manager.”

The goals came flying in with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opening up the scoreboard in the eleventh minute.

The first of Harry Kane’s three goals then came six minutes later, and it soon became clear that the away team was finding it difficult to cope against an exciting England team.

Match statistics

Screen Shot 2019-11-15 at 11.33.20It was certainly an evening that youngster Ben Chilwell will remember, as the first three goals were all delivered by this up and coming Leicester City defender.

However, it was not a celebratory evening for everyone on this young side. Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was met with booing coming from the home fans, after Raheem Sterling was dropped from the squad following a dispute with his fellow teammate.

The dispute came after Liverpool beat Sterling’s Manchester City 3-1 the previous Sunday (10th November)  in the Premier League, and the tensions were still high when the players met up at training the following morning.

Paul added: “I am excited for Sunday’s match in Kosovo. Hopefully we can win this one as well and build our confidence ready for the competition next year.”

Kick off on Sunday (17th November) is at 5pm and will be shown on ITV.

 

 

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