England confirm place at Euro 2020 with 7-0 win over Montenegro
14 November 2019, 21:37 | Updated: 14 November 2019, 22:35
England have confirmed their place at Euro 2020 in emphatic style with a 7-0 demolition of Montenegro at Wembley.
Captain Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to help the Three Lions celebrate their 1,000th match in style, with a number of former players watching on from the stands.
The hapless visitors were put to the sword thanks to a scintillating attacking display - a welcome reminder of the exciting young talent manager Gareth Southgate has at his disposal ahead of the tournament next summer in 12 cities, including London.
Kane led by example, scoring all of his goals in the first-half to move into sixth in the all-time England scorers chart, and there were also strikes for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham.
Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell also made an impressive contribution going forward, laying on three assists.
Securing automatic qualification for Euro 2020 means England will play all three of their group matches at Wembley, boosting their chances of going deep into the knockout stages.
Southgate led his side to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia last year and will be confident of making similarly impressive progress at the Euros.
He watched his team turn on the style against Montenegro despite being bereft of star man Raheem Sterling, who was dropped after a row with teammate Joe Gomez ahead of the game.
His absence appeared to have little impact on England, whose attacking play was admired by greats such as record scorer and former captain Wayne Rooney, 1966 hero Sir Geoff Hurst and Paul Gascoigne.
Liverpool midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain got England off the mark, with Kane and Rashford adding to the tally before half-time to ensure a convincing 5-0 lead at the break.
An own goal by Aleksandar Sofranac and a late strike from substitute Abraham completed the scoring.
The Czech Republic also qualified from Group A on Thursday night with a 2-1 win over Kosovo, but England are all but confirmed to finish in top spot thanks to a vastly superior goal difference.
England travel to face Kosovo in their final match on Sunday, while the Czechs take on Bulgaria needing to make up a deficit of 24 goals if they want to finish the qualifying campaign at the summit.
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