Five things we learned from England’s win over Lithuania; featuring Barkley and Kane

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There was much to learn from England's 3-0 win over Lithuania, especially if you're a West Ham full back.

With England having safely negotiated their way to Euro 2016 prior to the games in this international break, the focus was firmly off of them for once.

There was still however, the record of ten straight wins to try and achieve from the game with Lithuania however, and they did just that, running out eventual 3-0 winners away from home.

In a largely uneventful game, there was very little to talk about as England ran out comfortable winners in the end. Still, here are the five things we learned from the victory.

England have got strength in depth

Manager Roy Hodgson elected to field a so-called weakened side for this game, and yet it was still full of Premier League regulars. With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph out injured and several others left behind, it demonstrates the strength in depth the England boss now has at his disposal.

English youth could have a bright future 

A number of youngsters were handed starts against Lithuania, and all came out with their heads held high. The likes of Harry Kane and Ross Barkley both impressed, while Dele Alli and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain were both solid. Despite what people may think, England do have talented youngsters coming through.

The full back positions are up for grabs

Speaking of there being serious competition for places in the England squad, no position epitomises that like the current full back slots. At left back, Leighton Baines will likely return to the side but the injury to Luke Shaw has left a gap for someone to take.

At right back, Nathaniel Clyne is yet to truly nail down the spot as his own, and his replacement against Lithuania, Kyle Walker, was far from impressive. Both positions are very much up for grabs, and West Ham duo Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell must be serious candidates to fill them.

Ross Barkley is a serious contender to Wayne Rooney for the number 10 role

After starting the season on fire for Everton, Ross Barkley is now challenging for a regular England spot as well. He was the star of the show against Estonia and was similarly impressive against Lithuania as well. Hodgson must now decide who gets that number ten spot, captain Rooney or rising star Barkley. It’s not a bad choice to have to make.

Harry Kane loves international football 

Another young star who is impressing for England is Harry Kane. While he has struggled to replicate his Tottenham form of last year so far, he has been solid for England and was once again impressive against Lithuania. He may have had his goal disallowed, but he was more than deserving of one on the evening. Spurs will be hoping he can replicate his international performances in the Premier League.

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