England player ratings v Lithuania: Kane makes mark, Welbeck stars

Three Lions Wembley

England maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifiers with a comfortable 4-0 win over Lithuania.

Joe Hart 6/10 – Added another England clean sheet to his collection, on a night when he had little to do.

Nathaniel Clyne 6/10 – A solid, if unspectacular, performance. Kept Mikoliunas in check and showed some flashes going forward. Can’t argue against him being England’s first-choice right-back at this point.

Gary Cahill 6/10 – Not the most testing night of his England career but didn’t put a foot wrong throughout. Next week’s trip to Turin will offer more of a challenge.

Phil Jones 6/10 – Strong in the challenge and good getting the ball out of the back but, like Cahill, it wasn’t as if he was being tested much.

Leighton Baines 6/10 – More than comfortable in defence and was his usual dangerous self when going forward. Crossing could have been a bit better at times but few issues otherwise.

Michael Carrick 7.5/10 – Did his job to a tee, keeping things ticking over at the base of the midfield with his neat passing and positioning. Few others in the England setup seem better suited to the role.

Jordan Henderson 7.5/10 – Full of running and provided a few cutting through balls which, on another night, could have been converted into goals. A bending effort on the stroke of half-time assisted Welbeck’s goal.

Fabian Delph 7.5/10 – Justified his selection with an excellent all-round performance. Sent Rooney clear in the opening stages with a pinpoint pass and almost scored off a close-range volley from the skipper’s cross later on.

Raheem Sterling 8/10 – Buzzed around Lithuania’s defence throughout and was rewarded for his persistence with England’s third just before the hour. Teed up Kane for the fourth 15 minutes later with a great cross.

Wayne Rooney 8/10 – Opened the scoring with a header for his 47th England goal after just seven minutes and twice hit the woodwork in the first-half. Set up Sterling’s tap-in and was a constant menace before going off for Kane with 20 minutes to go.

Danny Welbeck 8.5/10 – England’s star performer on the night. Movement and passing was excellent throughout, while his pace more than rattled the opposition defence. The goal was the icing on the cake.

SUBSTITUTES

Harry Kane (Rooney 71) 7.5/10 – Announced himself on the England scene with a debut goal just 80 seconds after coming on, heading in Sterling’s cross with his third touch of the ball.

Ross Barkley (Henderson 71) 6/10 – Could see he was working hard to make an impression after replacing Henderson but offered no real impact.

Theo Walcott (Welbeck 77) 6/10 – Failed to do much in his 13-minute cameo, aside from a late effort which was easily saved.

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