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England 2-0 Lithuania: How the players rated

Jermain Defoe grabbed his first international goal in four years and Jamie Vardy scored only six minutes after coming on as England defeated Lithuania in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier. They remain unbeaten in Group F but this was not an eye-catching display by Gareth Southgate’s side. BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses the performances of the England players. ...

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What is Southgate's best England XI? Select yours

The England national side remains unbeaten in World Cup qualification – but is Gareth Southgate any nearer to knowing his best XI? He was without star striker Harry Kane, vice-captain Jordan Henderson and defender Gary Cahill against Lithuania on Sunday, but England still managed a comfortable 2-0 win over their Group F rivals. Their replacements might have given the England ...

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Defoe return a 'great story' – Southgate

Media playback is not supported on this device Jermain Defoe’s return to the England squad is a “great story” according to manager Gareth Southgate after the striker scored in Sunday’s 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Lithuania. The Sunderland forward, 34, made his first England appearance since November 2013 and marked the occasion with the opening goal in the 21st ...

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What now for Southgate's England?

Gareth Southgate will feel a sense of cautious optimism after his first two matches as permanent England manager in succession to Sam Allardyce – but some familiar questions remain. Southgate was delighted with aspects of England’s display in defeat in the friendly against Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday while the unspectacular win against Lithuania was all about getting three more ...

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Bradley Lowery leads out England team

Terminally ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery led out the England team at Wembley for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. The young Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013, and developed a new tumour in February. Although Joe Hart was captain, he swapped places with Jermain Defoe in the tunnel so he and Bradley could lead the teams out. Bradley ...

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England need an identity – Scholes

England v Lithuania, World Cup qualifying Date: Sunday, 26 March Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. England boss Gareth Southgate must establish an identity for the national side, says Paul Scholes. Southgate effectively used a three-man defence in the 1-0 friendly loss in Germany ...

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England v Lithuania

England v Lithuania, World Cup qualifying Date: Sunday, 26 March Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Joe Hart is expected to captain England in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania but says “it’s just an armband” to manager Gareth Southgate. England skipper Wayne Rooney ...

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England fans must show respect – Dier

England v Lithuania, World Cup qualifying Date: Sunday, 26 March Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. England midfielder Eric Dier says fans must be “respectful” during Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. England lost 1-0 to Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday, but some away ...

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Boro's Gibson gets first England call-up

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has been called up to the England squad for the first time. The 24-year-old will join up with Gareth Southgate’s squad for Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley. The centre-back has been drafted in following an injury to Chris Smalling. The Manchester United player has returned to Old Trafford while Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, ...

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England 'used to play rugby' – Podolski

England used to be “like a rugby” team but have a brighter future because they “play more football now”, says former Germany forward Lukas Podolski. Podolski, 31, retired from international duty after his stunning strike helped Germany beat England 1-0 in Wednesday’s friendly in Dortmund. Under boss Gareth Southgate, England used a three-man defence for the first time since a ...

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England chants 'disrespectful' – Clarke

Behaviour of a section of England fans in Germany was ‘inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing’, says FA chairman Greg Clarke. England lost 1-0 to Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday night, but a section of England supporters booed the German national and sung chants referencing World War Two. It is understood that the FA is trying to gather footage of the behaviour. ...

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English and German FAs to share ideas

Media playback is not supported on this device The football associations of England and world champions Germany are to link up and share ideas about coaching, youth development and administration. The Football Association and the German Football Association (DFB) are to meet annually for an initial two-year period. They have signed a memorandum of understanding to start straight away. “Both ...

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