Harry Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania 4-0

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Harry Kane made his international debut and scored 80 seconds after coming on as a substitute as England beat Lithuania 4-0 in their fifth Euro 2016 qualifying match.

Wayne Rooney scored his 47th England goal, taking him within two of Sir Bobby Charlton's all time international scoring record, and subsequently hit the woodwork twice. Danny Welbeck then scored when his goal bound header was deflected in and Raheem Sterling produced a determined run to score a tap in for England's third.

England's fourth was then added by substitute Kane with a header at the far post on his international debut.

Kane decision

Much had been talked about before this game but with five goals in four international games, England manager Roy Hodgson showed loyalty and gave Welbeck the start ahead of in form Tottenham striker Kane.

However, after 70 minutes, Hodgson made the change, taking Rooney off and bringing on the Premier League's joint top scorer. It scarcely took Kane two minutes to get on the score sheet, as Sterling ran the ball down the left hand side of the box and crossing to Kane to nod home from five yards, to complete a memorable debut for the youngster.

Lithuania brushed aside

Rooney set the tone for the game early on, with a headed goal after six minutes following a save from Welbeck's shot, moving him a step closer to Charlton's record with a game against Italy coming up on Tuesday night.

Man of the Match Welbeck got in on the goal scoring action before half-time, getting his stooping header deflecting into the net but claiming it nonetheless. Sterling also had a lively and very positive game, as is so typical of the Liverpool player these days, and was rewarded after 58 minutes as he made a determined run through the Lithuania defence to notch his first England goal.

Great showing

On any other day we would have been talking about him, but no, this was Kane's night.

The Wembley crowd had been kept waiting long enough. 65 minutes came and went but still the ball wouldn't go dead to allow the Spurs poacher to come on for his much awaited debut. Finally, a foul came on Sterling and Kane's moment arrived. As he high-fived and hugged his captain as Rooney came off, the Wembley faithful erupted into applause for the man many believe is England's next big thing.

He didn't wait long either, netting his 30th goal of the season in all competitions after 80 seconds, and sealing his name in England folk law.

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