It took most bettors just 79 seconds to cash in on their wagers during the March 27 Euro 2016 qualifying Group E match between England and Lithuania. That’s how long it took England’s 21-year-old Harry Kane to score on his English international debut after coming on as a second-half substitute at London’s Wembley Stadium. Kane of Tottenham Hotspur went into the game as the Premier League’s top scorer in all competitions with 29 under his belt. Most bookmakers in Britain were offering special promotions and enhanced odds on the youngster scoring a goal and it certainly didn’t take him long to come through for those who backed him.
Kane scored the fourth and final goal of the contest in the 73rd minute during England’s 4-0 win as he headed in a perfect cross from the left side by Liverpool’s teenaged forward Raheem Sterling. Striker Wayne Rooney of Manchester United opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck doubled the lead moments before the halftime whistle. Sterling put England out of reach in the 58th minute with his first goal for his country and Kane cashed in 15 minutes later. England has now won all five of their qualifying contests England remain six points ahead of their nearest rival in Group E and Kane proved once again that he has the Midas touch this season.
England will now have to completely collapse during the remainder of the group encounters to fail to reach the European Championships in France next year. Rooney’s goal was his 47th for England and he’s now just two behind the all-time record of 49 set by former Manchester United star Bobby Charlton of Manchester United. With any luck Rooney would have equaled the record in this game, but he hit the woodwork twice. Welbeck’s goal was his sixth in five games in Euro qualifying, which currently makes him the top scorer in the competition. Welbeck also earned the man-of-the-match honors for his performance against Lithuania.
Euro 2016 Qualifying – England vs Italy
While England has proven to be one of the toughest teams in the world to beat in World Cup and European Championship qualifying games the side usually lets its fans down once they reach those tournaments. They’ve allowed just two goals against in seven games since their underachieving effort at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil last summer, but will face a stiffer test this Tuesday, March 31 when they take on Italy.
This contest is listed as a friendly and will be played in Italy. bet365 lists England at 11/5 to win with Italy the favorites at 6/5 and a draw at 12/5.