Jesse Lingard scored his first goals for England since November 2018
England secured a predictably comfortable win over Andorra at Wembley, while the smooth path to next year’s World Cup in Qatar continued with their fifth straight win in the qualifying group.
Coach Gareth Southgate made 11 changes to the team that won 4-0 in Hungary in preparation for what is arguably the toughest test in European Group I in Poland on Wednesday.
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford made his debut but failed to hit the net in the usual one-sided battle against Andorra, despite his damage control exercise having been relatively successful up to the last 20 minutes.
Jesse Lingard gave England the lead on 18 minutes with his left foot, but it took until the 72nd minute to double that lead when Harry Kane, who came on for Bamford, fouled his 40th Christian Garcia on Mason Mount.
Andorra was inevitably tired, with Lingard taking their second and England’s third with a low shot that escaped the grasp of Andorra goalkeeper Josep Gomes.
And in a moment that was greeted with real glee at Wembley, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, whose last Wembley experience missed the decisive penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy, celebrated his 20th birthday with five minutes left hit with a clean header.
Bellingham did a class
England’s performances, both individually and as a team, must all be shaped by the context of an Andorran opposition currently nestling between New Caledonia and the Dominican Republic at # 156 on the current Fifa rankings.
However, it is undisputed that England has a real climber in its ranks with the 18-year-old Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster, who showed up in Birmingham City before following his English teammate and new Manchester United Jadon Sancho to Dortmund, carries the hallmark of quality in everything he does.
And while this opponent may be low in the rankings, it’s also worth noting that Bellingham has looked exceptionally calm and at home in just about every international he has played in an English shirt.
A first moment of sleight of hand got the Wembley people on their feet in appreciation, and he then spun around undeterred, towering over everyone else on the field until Southgate removed him from the action.
Bellingham was honored as a young man with a distinguished career as soon as he became known in Birmingham, and has since done nothing to change the widespread belief that England holds an artist of the very highest order.
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Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou
Match ends, England 4, Andorra 0.
Second half ends, England 4, Andorra 0.
Chus Rubio (Andorra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jesse Lingard (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Chus Rubio (Andorra).
Attempt failed. Tyrone Mings (England) tries a header from the center of the box, but the ball goes over it. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.
Corner, england. Admittedly by Josep Gomes.
Attempt saved. Harry Kane (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the lower right corner. Supported by Kieran Trippier.
Corner, england. Granted by Christian Garcia.
Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (England) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Supported by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Cucu (Andorra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jordan Henderson (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Replacement, Andorra. Joan Cervós replaces Moi San Nicolás.
Replacement, Andorra. Ildefons Lima replaces Marcio Vieira.
Target! England 4-0, Andorra 0. Bukayo Saka (England) headed from the center of the box into the center of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross following a corner.
Corner, england. Admitted by Marc Vales.
Corner, england. Admitted by Marc Vales.
Tyrone Mings (England) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Tyrone Mings (England).