Germany keep ideal record, England down Lithuania in World Cup qualifiers

Germany keep ideal record, England down Lithuania in World Cup qualifiers

The striker's 20th goal on his 56th cap - 1,227 days after his previous appearance - was made all the more special by the fact he led his country out with Bradley Lowery, the terminally-ill five-year-old who calls the Sunderland striker his "best mate".

Raheem Sterling also looked risky when running at the visitors during a lively first-half display, while Michael Keane stepped in admirably for his competitive debut alongside John Stones, and Adam Lallana caused problems.

England put the fixture to bed 25 minutes from time as Vardy neatly slotted the ball home.

Drab affair but job done for England - It was another one of those England games.

"You always need to know what the players are feeling". A laboured performance against poor opposition. Jamie Vardy doubled the lead after coming off the bench in the second half, with Lithuania offering little threat or penetration. They come away with three points, but it was alarmingly slow for large parts of the match, when it clear they could have run riot.

"He's a player we really like", Southgate said of Manchester City winger Sterling. A comfortable win, but nothing to shout about.

Substitute Jamie Vardy notched the hosts' second in the 66th minute, finishing coolly after being set up by Adam Lallana's exquisite flicked pass.

How the SEC's success in the NCAA Tournament benefits the entire conference
Working that pick-and-roll attack with Koenig is Ethan Happ, a joy to watch if you love a polished, old-fashioned post game. Calipari's latest crop of talented freshmen put Kentucky into a regional final for the sixth time in seven years.

With captain Wayne Rooney's global days looking numbered after he failed to make the squad, and a lack of regular English scorers in the Premier League other than the now injured Harry Kane and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy, Defoe's renaissance is something of a bonus for Southgate.

Thanks to Andre Schuerrle's brace, along with goals from Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez, Group C leaders Germany joined Switzerland as the only two teams with five consecutive wins.

Wembley Stadium's arch will be lit up in red and white and England players will wear black armbands. A minute later, Sterling popped up on the opposite flank, bursting into the box before producing a low cross which Defoe met first-time, sidefooting coolly past Setkus. Subs: Grigaravicius 6, Matulevicius 6, Paulius 6.

Spurs supporters reacted to Alli's Twitter post and urged the player to help bring the ex-Spurs striker back to White Hart Lane. He retired from worldwide football five years ago. Hart can't quite believe the flag hasn't gone up here.

It was a momentary foray up the pitch and the previous patterns of English attack and Lithuanian defence quickly returned.

In and among this mediocrity, however, were moments of inspiration and the opening goal on 21 minutes came during just such a passage of play.