England Report v Estonia (h)
England went into this knowing a win would secure a top seed spot that 'could' prove crucial when it comes to the draw for the Euros, but the main thing was that England won and the Three Lions impressed first and foremost.
Sadly, you couldn't say that was the case could you! Although it was a 2-0 win at Wembley.
There was some nice passing move from England in the 1st half, with Barkley pulling the strings having been given a starting role in the middle of the park.
Chances were few and far between through with the best one falling to Lallana but his effort was deflected over. The resulting corner saw Cahill head an effort wide, but this wasn't ever really of danger to the Estonia goalie.
Estonia had a brief moment in the half when they threatened but with that storm weathered it was as case of 'as you were' but it didn't liven up really.
All very 'patience' from England but no real penetration.
The breakthrough came literally on half time, a great through ball from Barkley found Walcott who took a touch and then finished nicely as he looks to 'prove' he's a central striker to make it 1-0 at half time.
Not much entertainment but it was an England lead, which the domination probably warranted even if we didn't really have the chances...
A bright start to the 2nd half look like England had stepped it up, but this only really lasted for 5-minutes or so, in which time Kane had a half chance but a proper chance that he couldn't take! A clever freekick across to Lallana saw his effort parried away but straight to Kane but he couldn't finish with his effort saved, perhaps he didn't need a touch?
Like they've been saying 'those were going in last season.'
With about 15-minutes to go Barkley, probably the most effective player for us, well no probably about it to be honest, worked a good opening but his effort was well saved by Estonia goalie Aksalu with Sterling then, soon after, almost working an opening too.
One of those that came on was Vardy, to make his Wembley debut, and his impact was instant with him unselfishly picking out Sterling who did the rest to make it 2-0 and assure, what was always likely, an England win.
Before full time, with about 3-minutes left, Alli was brought on for his England debut.
Hardly a classic, in fact far from it but you can only beat what's in front of you I suppose, as the saying goes and that's now 9/9 in qualification now with only Lithuania between us and a perfect 10...
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