England 4-0 Lithuania — Three Lions review

By on March 29, 2015

It only took Steven Gerrard thirty-eight seconds to be sent off for Liverpool, but conversely, eighty seconds for Harry Kane to score for England!

Kane’s debut was right out of a Disney movie, as Kane’s fairy-tale dreams didcame at Wembley (he must have been wishing on that star). He became an England international — there were no strings holding him back as he scored with only his third touch in White and Red. It was a touch of fairy dust as Kane’s fairy-tale season hit new heights by scoring in a comfortable 4-0 victory. Kane started from the bench, although many believed that notes jotted down by manager Roy Hodgson and somehow snapped by photographers meant he was going to start for the Three Lions; however, Hodgson was nicely vindicated by his decision as Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling also scoring. Indeed, all of England’s Fab Four scored against the poor Lithuania — but whereas boyband One Direction were recently lamenting over a deduction to four band mates, Hodgson will be salivating over his newfound depth.  But seriously, 1D’s last album was also called ‘Four’ which is now an oddly relevant number in England.

Young Ross Barkely, Phil Jones, Jordan Henderson, and Nathaniel Clyne also excelled — England have been have been heading in One Direction since the World Cup: up. While Roy’s boys have not been greatly tested since crashing out of the World Cup at the group stage, multiple friendly games, particularly a rematch against Italy, whom England lost to at the World Cup, will give Hodgson a much better idea of his side’s progress.

Both England and One Direction can sell out Wembley Stadium, as well (honestly, the comparisons are never-ending), but 21-year-old Kane other new England stars aren’t quite in a hurry to ‘Live While (they’re) Young’, and Hodgson has bowed to use Kane carefully. However, this hurriKane has already stormed into the set-up like a gust of wind which Hodgson is hoping to ride — or cruise, given the new Euro format — all the way to Euro 2016! England fans better book those Eurostar train tickets to France now, especially if Kane can keep up his goal to game ratio!

By that time, captain Wayne Rooney should have overtaken World Cup winner Sir Booby Charlton as England’s all time leading goalscorer, with Charlton ending his career with forty-nine goals whilst Rooney is knocking on the door with forty-seven strikes. It is only a matter of time before Rooney reaches that sacred half century, too.

Generally, it has been a strange few days in international football, with former Arsenal flop Nicklas Bendtner scoring a hat trick for Denmark against the USA in the same week Gibraltar scored. Speaking of breaking curses, Wales are on the brink of qualifying for Euro 2016, and provide the tantalizing opportunity of an England-Wales matchup.

Man of the Match: Danny Welbeck
Dream Debutant: Harry Kane
Plaudits go to: Roy Hodgson

About Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis can relate almost anything to football and quite often does! You may have seen Richard's previous ideas and work in the BBC Match of the Day Magazine, from 2011 to present. He is a Manchester United and England fan, but has gone to see Leyton Orient play with his O's season ticket in the 2013/14 campaign. Aside from football, Richard has written articles on Doctor Who and studies English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. Aspiring sports journalist.