Published 09 October 2021 4 min read
England Men's Senior Team
Five-star show from Three Lions
- Cristian Martínez (42′)
- Marc Rebés (55′)
WC Qualification Europe Group Stage
Saturday 09 October, 07:45 PM Estadi Nacional
HT: 0 - 2
- B. Chilwell (17′)
- B. Saka (40′)
- T. Abraham (59′)
- J. Ward-Prowse (79′)
- J. Grealish (86′)
- J. Stones (42′)
- J. Sancho (46′)
- C. Coady (85′)
- J. Ward-Prowse (79′ MISSED PEN)
England clocked up a five-goal victory on their first trip to Andorra in the first of October's World Cup qualifiers
Ben Chilwell and Jack Grealish scored their first England goals as the Three Lions eased past Andorra by 5-0 to take another step towards FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification.
Chilwell’s confident finish opened the floodgates and Bukayo Saka doubled the lead before the break, with Phil Foden playing a key role in both first-half goals.
And Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Grealish added their names to the scoresheet after the interval as England retained their four-point advantage at the top of Group I ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of Hungary to Wembley.
An England side showing eight changes from their last qualifier against Poland settled quickly into their rhythm, dominating early possession, and Chilwell was involved from the outset as he latched onto Foden’s pass and saw his shot saved by Josep Gomes Moreira.
Abraham was next to go close but was unable to convert Sancho’s cross before Chilwell headed narrowly wide as the visitors continued to threaten.
And it was a case of third time lucky for the Chelsea left-back on 17 minutes, with Foden again heavily involved.
The midfielder’s chipped through ball over the top found Sancho, who laid the ball back on a plate for Chilwell to smash home from ten yards out and open his England account.
The goal was originally ruled out for offside but a VAR check confirmed the winger had timed his run to perfection and Gareth Southgate’s side had the lead.
Abraham, making his first England appearance for eleven months, then came close to doubling the advantage midway through the first half but saw his header kept out by Gomes from Sancho’s threatening cross.
John Stones headed over on the half-hour and Ward-Prowse saw one of several threatening corners clawed away by the Andorran goalkeeper from underneath his crossbar as England continued to apply pressure, which paid off six minutes before the break.
Foden was integral once more, splitting the home defence with an incisive pass to Saka, who took the ball in his stride before firing into the roof of the net for his second goal of this qualifying campaign – the first having come against the same opponents in September’s reverse fixture.
The second half continued in the same vein and Gomes was again kept busy, keeping out Sancho’s effort after the winger had cut inside onto his right foot and curled goalwards.
And the Manchester United ace soon turned provider for the visitors’ third, whipping in a teasing cross which Abraham stole in to convert for his first England goal since November 2019.
Southgate made changes towards the closing stages, with Abraham’s fellow Italian-based ace Fikayo Tomori coming on to earn his second cap, and the two substitutes linked up to win the penalty which stretched the lead.
Mason Mount’s pass found Grealish, who was taken out by Txus Rubio Gomez, and Ward-Prowse smashed home the rebound having seen his spot-kick kept out by Gomes.
Sam Johnstone was called into action for the first time late on, diving to his right to deny Ricard Fernandez Betriu in a rare Andorra attack, though an offside flag would have ruled out the strike had it found the net.
But the West Brom keeper then claimed a fine assist as England added gloss to the scoreline, releasing Grealish with a long throw which put him in the clear.
The Manchester City man kept his composure, teasing his way past two defenders before firing into the bottom corner to put the seal on an impressive night’s work for Southgate’s side.
England (4-3-3): 1 Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), 2 Kieran Trippier (captain) (Atletico Madrid), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 6 Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 3 Ben Chilwell (Chelsea); 4 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), 8 Phil Foden (Manchester City), 10 Jesse Lingard (Manchester United); 7 Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), 9 Tammy Abraham (Roma), 11 Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)
Substitutes: 15 Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan) for Stones 60’, 21 Jack Grealish (Manchester City) for Sancho 73’, 19 Mason Mount (Chelsea) for Lingard 73’, 23 Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) for Abraham 80’
Substitutes not used: 12 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 13 Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), 14 Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), 16 Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), 17 Declan Rice (West Ham United), 18 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), 20 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), 22 Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Goals: Chilwell 17’, Saka 40’, Abraham 59’, Ward-Prowse 79’, Grealish 86’
Andorra (5-4-1): 1 Josep Gomes Moreira; 18 Txus Rubio Gomez, 22 Christian Garcia Gonzales, 3 Vales Carus, 20 Max Llovera Gonzales-Adrio, 21 Marc Garcia Renom; 2 Cristian Martinez Alejo, 4 Marc Rebes Ruiz, 8 Xavier Vieira de Vasconcelos, 23 Jordi Rubio Gomez; 9 Aaron Sanchez Alburquerque
Substitutes: 6 Ildefons Lima Sola for Garcia Gonzales 31’, 5 Emili Garcia Miramontes for Lima Sola 63’, 14 Jordi Alaez Pena for Alejo 64’, 19 Ricard Fernandez Betriu for Sanchez Alburquerque 64’
Substitutes not used: 7 Marc Pujol Pons, 11 Sergi Moreno Marin, 12 Iker Alvarez de Eulate Molne, 13 Xisco Pires Costa, 16 Eric De Pablos Sola, 17 Joan Cervos Moro