England have beaten Andorra 4-0 at Wembley in a comfortable afternoon for Gareth Southgate’s men.

Returning to Wembley for the first time since losing the final of Euro 2020, Southgate named a completely different starting XI to the one which won 4-0 in Hungary on Thursday.


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Leeds striker Patrick Bamford led the line with Jesse Lingard and Bukayo Saka in support.

Sam Johnstone made his competitive debut in goal, while Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to be named alongside Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson in midfield.

Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier and Reece James started in defence.

An independently-produced crowd banner bearing the message ‘Walk Tall’ was unfurled in support of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka following the racist abuse they received after missing penalties in the Euro 2020 final.

The players then took the knee ahead of kick-off in their now-familiar stance against racism and discrimination – with the Wembley crowd cheering the gesture.

Saka almost toasted the afternoon with the opening goal but his effort was blocked by Chus Rubio, although referee Anastasios Papapetrou awarded a goal-kick.

Just moments later and England were ahead as Lingard broke the deadlock, controlling a deflected Saka cross before finishing well.

The Manchester United forward then scored with a superb lob soon after, only to have his second of the afternoon ruled out by the offside flag.

The Three Lions were frustrated for the rest of the first half, unable to cut through a cramped Andorra defence, who were not shy of committing fouls to keep their hosts at bay.

James switched positions with Alexander-Arnold for the second half and rattled the crossbar with a fine strike from the edge of the box.

But chances were still at a premium, prompting Southgate to introduce Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount just after the hour mark.

The changes paid dividends as Mount was pushed over in the area, allowing Kane to score from the penalty spot, moving the Tottenham striker level with Michael Owen on 40 England goals.

Lingard doubled his tally for the evening by scoring the third for the hosts, finishing from the edge of the box with Andorra goalkeeper Josep Gomes only able to get a hand to his low shot.

Saka made it a memorable return to Wembley by heading in England’s fourth, putting a large grin on the face of Southgate.

Lingard saw a chance for a hat-trick blocked before Gomes saved well from Kane as England pressed for a fifth, eventually settling for the most comfortable of 4-0 wins.

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