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Calvert-Lewin celebrates for England

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England host San Marino to begin World Cup 2022 qualification and the road to Qatar.

Gareth Southgate’s side will be keen to find form quickly as they look to generate momentum for Euro 2020 this summer.

In an exciting Three Lions squad, Southgate may hand chances to Jude Bellingham and Ollie Watkins, though Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Tammy Abraham, Harvey Barnes and Danny Ings are all out injured. Nick Pope will also be filling in for Jordan Pickford in goal, while Luke Shaw’s recent impressive performances for Manchester United should see him start on the left-hand side of defence.

The England boss has also vowed to lead a “unified” front against discrimination: “I have spoken with the leadership team about this last night and I’ve asked them to talk to the other players,” he said when asked if they would take the knee on Thursday. I think it’s a good process to hear each other’s views, first and foremost. That’s part of how we educate ourselves on all of these issues.

“The one thing we are clear on is that we’ll be unified on whatever we do and if there’s any doubt then I think we would take the knee. I’m hugely respectful of everyone’s individual opinions on that. I still think there is an impact to be had on it. But when I listen to Wilfried Zaha’s comments, for example, I thought he spoke really well and I totally understand why he felt that wasn’t enough now and it just seemed to be part of the background.

“Again, complicated. The debate around if we take the knee or not, or if we should walk off the pitch or not, they’re actually slightly peripheral things. The core problems are with racism and discrimination – they’re the deeper discussions that need to happen. The protests help put that conversation on the table but of course we’ve got to address the much deeper issues as much as we’ve got to make a symbolic gesture.”

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83 mins: GOAL! Another debut goal for England, Ollie Watkins with a fine finish after Phil Foden picks him out inside the box. One touch to control the ball, a second touch to slot it back across the box to find the far bottom corner.

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England 4 – 0 San Marino

81 mins: James Ward-Prowse takes the ball into the inside right and knocks a nice cross into the penalty area. Jude Bellingham makes a good run from deep to meet the ball but he gets too much of it with his header and fires the ball wide of the near post.

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England 4 – 0 San Marino

78 mins: Jesse Lingard tries to provide a bit of emphasis with a powerful into the box. He lets fly but is denied by another brilliant save from a sprawling Benedettini.

Michael Jones25 March 2021 21:21

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England 4 – 0 San Marino

75 mins: It’s been a poor second half from England. They haven’t really created much when you consider the opposition. It’s all been too slow, too safe.

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England 4 – 0 San Marino

72 mins: Save! It seems strange to say after conceding four goals but Elia Benedettini has had a great night. Ward-Prowse takes the free kick and whips it over the wall. The ball dips towards the left-hand post but Benedettini shuffles across and dives, he stretches just enough to get a hand to the ball and tip it onto the post to deny England a fifth goal.

Michael Jones25 March 2021 21:15

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England 4 – 0 San Marino

69 mins: Lovely feet, first from Foden to get the ball to Bellingham and then from the 17-year-old to evade a tackle, drive towards the box and win a free kick in James Ward-Prowse territory.

Michael Jones25 March 2021 21:13

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66 mins: Jude Bellingham has been impressive since coming on. He’s been composed, confident and accurate with his passing. He plays Lingard into the left side of the penalty area before Lingard’s shot is stopped at the near post by Benedettini. He then has a go from outside the box but sends it straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.

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England 4 – 0 San Marino

63 mins: Ollie Watkins comes on for his England debut, replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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57 mins: A brief glimpse at England’s youngsters as Foden and Bellingham link up in midfield before Bellingham slots a nice looking ball out wide to Chilwell who’s just drifted offside.

Michael Jones25 March 2021 21:02

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England 4 – 0 San Marino – Calvert-Lewin

53 mins: GOAL! Calvert-Lewin poaches another one. Lingard drives into the left side of the box, running in behind the backline as Chilwell threads the ball into him. Calvert-Lewin jogs into the six-yard box, Lingard sees him, plays a simple pass into the striker’s feet and Calvert-Lewin taps it home.

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