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Kane edges England past Lithuania

Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 21.45CET
Lithuania 0-1 England
Harry Kane headed in the only goal with nine minutes remaining as Gareth Southgate's men edged past the hosts in Kaunas.
by Andrius Pacevičius
from Kaunas
Kane edges England past Lithuania
Harry Kane (right) rejoices after scoring the only goal ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 21.45CET

Kane edges England past Lithuania

Lithuania 0-1 England
Harry Kane headed in the only goal with nine minutes remaining as Gareth Southgate's men edged past the hosts in Kaunas.

Harry Kane came off the bench to grab the only goal as Group 1 winners England edged past a stubborn Lithuania.

England dominated proceedings in Kaunas though Lithuania offered a clear threat on the counterattack and arguably fashioned the better chances. Nathan Redmond and Saido Berahino were both dangerous for England but it was Kane who prised the only goal with nine minutes remaining when he nodded in James Ward-Prowse's sumptuous cross.

Tom Ince and Nathaniel Chalobah fired shots wide for England in the first half before Lukas Baranauskas was denied the opener for the hosts when his close-range effort was repelled by goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Gareth Southgate's side improved after half-time with Redmond cracking a strike off the bar and seeing a shot cleared off the line before Lithuania's resistance was finally broken through Tottenham Hotspur FC striker Kane – his fourth goal in the last three qualifiers.

"I think we expected a difficult game because we knew Lithuania would defend deep and would get numbers behind the ball, which is a problem we'd faced quite a lot in this group," said Southgate. "We were well worth the win but sometimes it has to be that you wait until late on in a game to break teams down, so in terms of an away performance I'm very pleased with the way we went about our job."

England's final qualifier is in Moldova on Tuesday before they take their place in the play-off draw on 12 September.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.28CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

England

England

1
ŠvedkauskasTomas Švedkauskas (GK) (C)
1
ButlandJack Butland (GK) (C)
6
SnapkauskasTomas Snapkauskas
2
KeaneMichael Keane
7
VeliulisErnestas Veliulis
3
GarbuttLuke Garbutt
8
BagdanavičiusVilmantas Bagdanavičius
4
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
Yellow Card57
11
VerbickasOvidijus Verbickas
Substitution75
5
MooreLiam Moore
15
JanuševskisJustinas Januševskis
6
GibsonBen Gibson
Substitution64
16
BirškysTomas Birškys
Substitution80
7
InceTom Ince
Substitution80
18
E. BaranauskasEdgaras Baranauskas
Substitution84
8
Ward-ProwseJames Ward-Prowse
Yellow Card74
19
BaranauskasLukas Baranauskas
9
BerahinoSaido Berahino
20
NorvilasDovydas Norvilas
10
CarrollTom Carroll
23
BaravykasRolandas Baravykas
11
RedmondNathan Redmond
Substitution80

Substitutes

12
GertmonasEdvinas Gertmonas (GK)
13
BondJonathan Bond (GK)
3
RaziūnasJustas Raziūnas
12
BlackettTyler Blackett
4
PilotasRytis Pilotas
14
HughesWill Hughes
Substitution80
5
GrigaravičiusMindaugas Grigaravičius
Substitution80
Yellow Card88
15
Forster-CaskeyJake Forster-Caskey
9
SalamanavičiusTomas Salamanavičius
16
PritchardAlex Pritchard
Substitution80
13
TamulevičiusEdvardas Tamulevičius
Substitution84
17
KaneHarry Kane
Substitution64
Goal81
21
DapkusMartynas Dapkus
Substitution75
18
LascellesJamaal Lascelles

Coach

Arminas Narbekovas (LTU) Gareth Southgate (ENG)

Referee

Vlado Glodjović (SRB)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Jovanović (SRB), Dejan Potoćan (SRB)

Fourth official

Aleksandar Vasić (SRB)

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