England eclipse 2018 World Cup qualifying statistic as Grealish involved in blitz of Andorra
England sauntered a step closer to World Cup qualification with a 5-0 hammering of Andorra, with Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell among the scorers.
Chilwell netted his first Three Lions goal after 17 minutes and, from there, the result never looked in doubt.
Bukayo Saka made it 2-0 shortly before half time, before a further flurry of goals in the second half and a clean sheet capped an impressive evening for Gareth Southgate’s men.
Conor Coady had the first England chance of the game inside three minutes. However, he was beaten to the ball from a fantastic James Ward-Prowse free-kick.
Nevertheless, England dominated the ball and had 83 per cent of possession on the 16-minute mark. A minute later, the visitors took the lead.
Phil Foden‘s perfect pass over the top was laid on by Jadon Sancho into the path of Chilwell, who smashed home from close range. Offside was initially given, but a lengthy VAR check then approved the goal.
The Three Lions defended when they had to, with John Stones heading a cross clear. Fellow centre-back Coady was also vocal with his orders to his colleagues.
But after Abraham had a header saved from a Sancho cross, Foden was at the heart of England’s second again.
Saka ran onto another ball of his over the top, brought the ball down excellently and finished coolly above goalkeeper Josep Gomes.
That goal saw England eclipse the tally of goals Southgate’s side scored in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
England were comfortable with the scoreline going into half-time break, but the nature of some Andorra challenges was not. As the whistle blew for the break, Foden and Sancho had heated discussions with referee Kateryna Monzul.
England continue dominance over Andorra
Like in the first half, Andorra had their chances to get forward. Attacker Aaron Sanchez got down the right-hand flank, but Coady snuffed out any potential danger.
Up the other end, though, England were a lot more clinical and Abraham made it 3-0 after 59 minutes. He combined again with Sancho and the Chelsea striker got ahead of his marker to poke home.
Jack Grealish replaced Sancho and he was involved immediately, winning a penalty. Ward-Prowse’s initial effort was saved, but he tucked in the rebound.
Andorra did make goalkeeper Sam Johnstone save a shot, but was offside when he struck his effort.
Johnstone then assisted Grealish for a fantastic breakaway goal after 86 minutes.
The result is another step forward for England as they look towards the World Cup next winter.
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