With a routine victory in Andorra, England moved another step toward ensuring qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. When Gareth Southgate’s team drew in Poland in their last game, they surrendered their first points in qualifying, but there was little threat of anything other than a comfortable win against a country rated 156th in the FIFA rankings.
England rested key players such as captain Harry Kane, but they had much too much for Andorra and swiftly established their dominance thanks to Phil Foden’s superb performance. After 17 minutes, Foden played in Jadon Sancho to set up Ben Chilwell for his first England goal, and five minutes later, the Manchester City teenager produced the ideal pass for Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka to add a second.
Tammy Abraham was keen to score after his excellent form with Roma earned him a recall and subsequently a start with Kane on the bench and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, and he did it on the hour when he sneaked on to Sancho’s cross and scored.
Late on, England’s fourth goal came from a rebound after Andorra keeper Josep Gomes saved James Ward-penalty, Prowse’s before Jack Grealish scored his first international goal after England keeper Sam Johnstone’s great throw.
It was also a historic event for Ukrainian referee Kateryna Mozul, who became the first woman to officiate a senior England men’s match and maintained superb control throughout the tense match.
Source: BBC Sport