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Lithuania 0-1 England AS IT HAPPENED: World Cup qualifying results, news and highlights



Lithuania vs England: Unique Sports brought you LIVE World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius


FT: That’s all folks. England have completed their World Cup qualifiers in lacklustre fashion with a rather dull 1-0 victory over Lithuania. I’ll be back again next weekend to bring you LIVEcoverage of the Premier League.

95: I’m afraid Scotland haven’t done enough to make the play-offs. They drew 2-2 with Slovenia and have been knocked out.

90: Scotland have equalised. It’s 2-2 with about five minutes remaining. They need another to reach the play-offs.

89: Close! Daniel Sturridge, who’s wearing gloves, glances his header wide of the post from Harry Kane’s cross. Should have done better.

87: Almost an embarrassing moment as Deivydas Matulevicius (copy and past job) is sent clean through but blasts his effort straight at Jack Butland.

84: Daniel Sturridge does some fancy, but completely ineffective footwork before sending a tame effort wide.

80: England’s second change. Jesse Lingard, who really made the difference when he played on Thursday, replaces Dele Alli. Trippier drills a cross into the area but Setkus collects.

76: Scotland have managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They were 1-0 up at the break but they are now 2-1 behind with around 15 minutes remaining.

75: Gareth Southgate makes his first change of the evening. Daniel Sturridge replaces Marcus Rashford.

72: Four attempts on target in 70 minutes. That’s why people hate the international break. Aaron Cresswell gets into the box and heads Trippier’s cross towards goal. Goalkeeper Setkus did just enough.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

70: Dele Alli creates a bit of space but thrashes an effort over the bar. Far over the bar.

66: It’s no surprise Tottenham fans are excited about Harry Winks. The midfielder, who’s actually older than Dele Alli, has been excellent today. Sharp, decisive and always looking forward.

63: Pass, pass, pass. England are seeing virtually 100% possession but they’ve created nothing with it. Sad.

60: England’s fans are celebrating the news of Slovenia’s equaliser – not much for them to celebrate about this England display to be honest.

58: You lucky boy! Jack Butland spares Michael Keane’s blushes after the centre-back almost diverts a cross into his own net. Great reaction save.

55: Save! Harry Winks tip-toes his way through a crowd of players before seeing his left-foot drive tipped wide for a corner, which is wasted.

52: Sernas has another dig from distance but his half-volley is skewed over. Slight complacency from England here.

48: Few minutes into this second period and the sum total of NOTHING has happened. In the words of Liam Gallagher, as you were…

45: We’re back underway folks. No changes for either side as the 5,067 soggy spectators return to their seats.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius


Paul: Jordan Henderson is dire. Can’t pass, doesn’t tackle. Just moves around spraying his Hollywood passes that go nowhere.

James: Better than Thursday but a long way from where it needs to be. Winks good so far, Harry Kane now has 7 goals in 6 internationals.

Jake: Been watching Jordan Henderson like a hawk and still can’t believe how bad he is. Almost every thing he tries completely fails.

HT: Harry Winks has looked marvellous. Always looking to offload quickly, and more importantly, forward! None of this sidewards passing rubbish.

HT: The wonderfully named Orel Grinfeld brings the first half to a close with England leading 1-0 carted of a Harry Kane penalty. The Three Lions have look smart without being spectacular, but far more encouraging than Thursday so far.

44: Harry Winks is the 15th of the last 29 England debutants to be coached by Mauricio Pochettino. Top stat.

42: Manchester United supporters have hearts in mouths as Marcus Rashford stays down after a robust challenge. He’s receiving treatment on the unforgiving surface. Looks alright to continue.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

39: Lots more fluency about England now. Marcus Rashford embarks on a wonderful solo run and almost squeezes it into the bottom corner. Well saved.

36: FYI – Scotland are winning against Slovenia. Leigh Griffiths score. As it stands, the Tartan Army are heading to the play-offs.

33: Harry Kane has just become the first man to score in each of his first four internationals as captain. He’s simply outstanding.

30: That seems to have settled a few nerves or tightness among the England players. Time to let the handbrake off methinks.


28: There’s the opener! Dele Alli is brought down inside the area after a clumsy challenge, and Harry Kane finds the corner with a sweetly struck spot-kick. 

Glenn Hoddle: “Kane can simply not stop scoring. It’s frightening.” He’s making it sound like a bloody illness!

27: The Three Lions see their first chance come and go. A free-kick drops kindly for Michael Keane, but the Everton centre-back snatches at it and guides it wide.

26: England never fail to surprise me. I didn’t think it was possible for a match to be more boring than Thursday’s 1-0 win over Slovenia, but somehow they’ve managed it.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

23: After about 15 consecutive headers, the ball finally lands to Verbickas, who’s volley is easily gathered by Jack Butland.

Different England system but same old turgid football.

20: Harry Winks getting some praise on Twitter. Not for his play, but for the old school black boots he’s donning.

17: Aaron Cresswell serves it up to Marcus Rashford, but the Manchester United forward’s first touch lets him down.

15: Good grief! Harry Maguire slips at the vital moment and Cernych guides a cross into the side-netting. Not the most convincing/entertaining/watchable start here folks.

12: Glenn Hoddle is rambling away. He says he calls these pitches ‘to-feet surfaces,’ but I’m almost certain he’s made that up.

9: England still learning the pace of the artificial surface. Anything played over the top is inevitably rolling out of play. Kane strikes but his effort is deflected wide.

6: It must be so difficult to get up for these games. There’s absolutely nothing on the line aside from potential injury worries. No win situation if you ask me, which you didn’t. Harry Maguire should have capped his debut with a goal inside six minutes, but he’s inexplicably headed Cresswell’s pin-point cross wide.

3: It’s a capacity crowd here tonight folks. All 5,067 attendees are getting absolutely soaked. No roof. Sernas lines up a speculative effort from distance, but it’s flown miles over.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius


1: We’re underway folks. Let’s enjoy this completely and utterly pointless match in a chilly and soggy Vilnius… too cynical?

16:58: National anthems are underway. I doubt these particular renditions will go down in history. Didn’t stop Jordan Henderson from signing his lungs out.

16:55: Quick reminder of those starting XI folks.

Lithuania XI: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych.

Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas.

England XI: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford.

Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.

Referee: Orel Grinfeld.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

16:50: Clean living and taking your mother’s advice are the key to longevity, according to Jermaine Defoe.

It feels a bit rich that the man who just ate a sausage, egg and bacon triple-decker sandwich s writing this.

Anyway, Defoe is fast becoming a mentor figure in Gareth Southgate’s youthful squad but insists he is more than able to keep up on the pitch as he looks to make amends for his omission from the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

And he puts his longevity down to a series of lifestyle choices such which include regular pilates, ice baths, teetotalism and an attempt – not always successful – to embrace a vegan diet.


Hazza: Different team starts, with Harry Maguire, Michael Keane and Aaron Cresswell starting, hopefully make decent impact straight away.

Oliver: Get Jack Wilshere back in the set up. Best player at international level!

Jack: Worst England side I’ve probably ever seen but we’ve already qualified so hard to be bothered. Hope everyone out there enjoys the trip.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

16:40: The artificial grass at the LFF Stadium is probably not ideal for Premier League players used to well-manicured playing surfaces.

If a result was still required, it would have been the focus of a good deal more hand-wringing.

But these days the changes are smaller than ever and England are unlikely to see any dramatic difference.

Roy Hodgson’s England side managed to win 3-0 at the same ground two years ago, so excuses will not be tolerated.

16:35: Rarely has a national side’s qualification for a World Cup been met with such a combination of ruefulness, resignation and rancour.

The tepid, unimaginative display against Slovenia was one of England’s worst in recent memory – with Harry Kane’s injury-time winner barely papering over the cracks.

The players, the management and the public at large badly need something more compelling this time, if only to show the Three Lions can still inspire. With no pressure on the game, it must be hoped they can take the handbrake off and conjure something fluent.

16:30: Ponchos are being distributed at a very damp Vilnius. Just thought I’d mention that for all you culture vultures out there. It doesn’t really feel like a World Cup qualifier today, more like a Sunday League kick about.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

16:25: Aside from the weather, I’ve spotted a few articles saying that Vilnius should be on your list of places to see before you DIE.

I’ve always thought that phrase was a little sinister…

Anyway, apparently the beer is outrageously good, it’s cheap and it boasts seem cracking  architecture.

That’s my ultra non-subtle way of trying to bag a free holiday to Lithuania folks. Let’s hope the powers that be are reading, otherwise I’ve wasted your time!

16:20: Blimey, it’s grim in Vilnius folks.

There’s been a huge downpour all day in the capital, and that’s going to make conditions very tricky indeed.

Jack Butland’s already out on the questionable surface as he looks to secure a clean sheet on what is only his sixth cap.


Adam: Like the look of that England team. Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane up top together, deadly strike force that mind!

Megan: So happy that Harry Winks is starting. Deserves more credit and gotta love watching a guy who is living his dream and loves the sport!

Tom: Why would you try a new system with fringe players? Defeats the object surely?

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

16:10: Hold on lads, Lithuania manager Edgaras Jankauskas has an unorthodox plan up his sleeve.

His cunning plan is quite simple really. He’s going to prevent the in-form England striker from entering the stadium!

I don’t know why nobody’s thought of that before.

The first plan would be to not let him into the stadium!” he said of Kane.

“We know he is in terrific form and to stop him, well, we have to pay a lot of attention and to use everything we can against such a machine, such a goalscoring machine.”

16:05: England have only lost one of their last 31 away games on Sunday (W19 D11), a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in June 1985.

16:00: It’s all gone Harry mad! We’ve got three Harrys starting tonight with Kane, Maguire and Winks in the starting XI. Apparently 32 Harrys have played for England now. There’s your useless pub ammunition taken care of…

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

15:55: OK, let’s have a look at this.

Gareth Southgate hands debuts to Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks as he makes seven changes from Thursday’s late victory.

It looks as though England are going with a 3-4-3 formation with Michael Keane, Maguire and John Stones forming the back three.

Aaron Cresswell makes a rare start at right wing-back with Kieran Trippier on the opposite flank.

Dele Alli returns from a one-match suspension, while Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford continue their partnership in attack.

15:50: Here’s the starting XI folks. A quick glance tells me Gareth Southgate has made seven changes.

England XI: Butland; Maguire, Keane, Stones; Tripper Henderson, Winks, Cresswell; Dele, Rashford; Kane.

Subs: Smalling, Pickford, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard, Forster.

Lithuania vs England LIVE: World Cup qualifying scores, news and updates from Vilnius

15:45: It’s not al about England folks, and in truth, there’s far more entertaining fixtures going on elsewhere. Northern Ireland and Scotland are also in action. Here’s all the permutations folks.


Michael O’Neill’s team cannot now qualify as Group C winners after their defeat to Germany on Thursday.

They cannot drop below second though and must now hope to do enough away to Norway to book a play-off place by avoiding being the worst of the nine second-place finishers.


Victory at home to Slovakia pushed Gordon Strachan’s team into second in Group F but they almost certainly need to win again, away to Slovenia, to stay there, with nearest rivals Slovakia finishing their campaign at home to group minnows Malta.

15:40:  Anyway, enough of my nonsense. England wrap up their successful World Cup qualifying campaign against Lithuania today, having booked their place at next summer’s tournament a game early.

We already know that Jack Butland replaces Joe Hart, England’s regular first-choice goalkeeper, but how many other changes can we expect?

Apparently Gareth Southgate is torn between fielding a strong side to please the travelling supporters, or trying an experimental XI. We’ll find out what he’s chosen at around 4.

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