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England clinch Euro 2020 qualification with their youngest starting XI since 1959

England clinch Euro 2020 qualification with their youngest starting XI since 1959

England vs Montenegro

England played host to Montenegro on Thursday evening in their first Euro 2020 qualifier of the break.

The Three Lions began Thursday sat top of Group A but the Czech Republic, who were playing at the same time as England, were just three points adrift of England.

So, a win vs Montenegro was of paramount importance for Gareth Southgate’s men.

As for Montenegro, they began the day 4th in Group A with a dismal three points amassed from seven Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The last time these two sides faced off was in March and England emerged with an emphatic 5-1 victory.

England’s clash vs Montenegro was also their 1000th international game.

England qualify for Euro 2020

England knew that earning three points at Wembley would have seen them top Group A and qualify for Euro 2020.

England would do exactly that with a commanding  7-0 win over Montenegro.

It took England just over 10 minutes to get up and running on Thursday evening with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rifling a shot into the bottom corner.

England captain Harry Kane would double England’s lead in the 18th minute after heading home from a Ben Chilwell free-kick.

The Tottenham forward then doubled his goal tally five minutes later with Ben Chilwell earning his third assist of the evening.

The game looked as though it could end up producing a cricket score 30 minutes in as Marcus Rashford got himself in on the action.

Kane then completed his hat-trick 37 minutes in.

Luckily for Montenegro, the second 45 took a slightly more relaxed tone with England scoring just two.

England’s youngest XI since 1959

It was also revealed prior to kick-off that England’s starting XI vs Montenegro, with an average age of 23 years and 255 days, was their youngest since 1959.

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