England striker scores after just 78 seconds on the pitch to mark his international debut as home side beat Lithuania 4-0 in Euro qualifiers
Paris: Man of the moment Harry Kane scored just moments into his international debut to seal a 4-0 win for England against Lithuania at Wembley in Euro 2016 qualifying.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker was called up by Roy Hodgson having scored 29 goals for his club this season, and he was brought on for captain Wayne Rooney in the 71st minute of the qualifying Group E fixture with England leading 3-0.
England’s Harry Kane celebrates after scoring on his debut against Lithuania. Pic/Getty Images
Within two minutes, the 21-year-old had his first goal for his country, heading home from a Raheem Sterling cross at the back post. Before that, Rooney opened the scoring early on with his 47th international goal, leaving him two shy of Bobby Charlton’s England record.
Danny Welbeck was then credited with the second goal just before the break, although the ball took a crucial deflection off Lithuania captain Tadas Kijanskas before going in. And before setting up Kane’s goal, Liverpool winger Sterling claimed his first in an England shirt too as Hodgson’s side made it five wins from five ties.
“I dreamed of this and it’s just a bit of a blur at the moment. It’s the best moment of my career,” said Kane.
Spain beat Ukraine 1-0
Reigning European champions Spain took an important step towards qualifying from Group C with a 1-0 victory at home to Ukraine in Seville. Alvaro Morata of Juventus was handed a start up front in the absence of injured Chelsea star Diego Costa and took advantage to score his first international goal in the 28th minute after being set up by Koke.