Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England cruised to an emphatic 7-0 victory over Montenegro to seal their spot in the Euro 2020 finals. It was great result for England in their 1000th international game. However, the game will probably be most remembered for the Raheem Stering-Joe Gomez drama before the match and the booing of Gomez by parts of the Wembley crowd during the game. It was an unfortunate event that took some shine off from a good performance by the youngest England side in 60 years.
Raheem Sterling, excluded from this game for attacking Gomez at St George’s Park on Monday, tweeted after the match to condemn it and emphasise that his team-mate was blameless in their confrontation.
In the game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled in from Ben Chilwell's cross in the 11th minute to score his first England goal since June 2017. Harry Kane then headed one inside to start his goal-scoring spree. He headed another one from another Ben Chilwell cross six minutes later made it 3-0. Marcus Rashford lashed in the fourth, after Harry Maguire’s header had been well saved by Mijatovic. Kane completed his hat-trick well before half-time.
Montenegro switched to a five-man defence for the second half. However, England managed to find the sixth goal via an own goal. Substitute Tammy Abraham slid in from the cross of Jadon Sancho to get his first England goal.
The Czech Republic joined England in qualifying for Euro 2020 from Group A by coming from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1. Elsewhere, France and Turkey made it to the Euro 2020 finals after the world champions came from behind to win 2-1 against Moldova. Turkey played a scoreless draw with Iceland finishing second in Group H.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier. This was the 55th hat-trick of his career. However, the defending European champions will have to wait to confirm their place at next year's edition. Aleksandar Mitrovic's brace kept Serbia's hopes alive as they beat Luxembourg 3-2. Portugal are second with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxembourg on Sunday. The Group B leaders, Ukraine, have already made the finals.