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Sunday, 8 October 2017
2018 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group F qualification match

Lithuania 0 England 1 [0-1]

LFF stadionas, Naujininkai, Vilnius
Kick-off (EEST): 7.00pm 5.00pm BST
Attendance: 5,400.

Lithuania kicked-off 93½ minutes 46:01 & 47:29  

[0-1] Harry Kane penalty 27 26:50
right-footed low to keepers' right out of Šetkus' reach
(Verbikas fouled Alli 25:51; awarded 25:52)

Vykintas Slivka 54 53:35  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Israel Lithuania Squad Type England Squad
Referee (pink)
Orel Grinfeeld
36 (21 August 1981), FIFA-listed 2012.
9 Goal Attempts 19
2 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Danny Krasikow
44 (5 February 1973)
Roy Hassan
36/37 (1982).
3 Corner Kicks Won 10
Fourth official
Eitan Shemeulevitch
39 (3 March 1978), FIFA-listed 2012

UEFA Delegate - Teuvo Holopainen, Finland
2 Offside Calls Against 1
8 Fouls Conceded 9
33% Possession 67%


Lithuania Team



FIFA (14 Sept 2017) 120th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 106th
Colours: Made by Hummel - Yellow v-necked jerseys with black shoulder panels/collar, black/white Hummel zip tim down side, pale green shorts with white/black Hummel zip trim, yellow socks with green trim/double Hummel trim.
Capt: Fiodor Černych Manager: Edgaras Jankauskas, 42 (12 March 1975), appointed 12 January 2016.
15th match, W 2 - D 4 - L 9 - F 10 - A 27.
Lithuania Lineup
16 Šetkus, Ernestas 32
136 days
25 May 1985 G Hapoel Haifa FC, Israel 17 0
20 Borovskij, Valdemar 33
159 days
2 May 1984 RB FK Trakai 21 0
2 Klimavičius, Linas 28
181 days
10 April 1989 CD VMFD Žalgiris 14 0
7 Žulpa, Artūras 27
120 days
10 June 1990 DM FC Tobol, Kazakhstan 25 0
15 Girdvainis, Edvinas 24
262 days
19 January 1993 CD FC Tom Tomsk, Russia, on loan from Gliwicki KS Piast, Poland 10 0
23 Andriuškevičius, Vytautas 27 8 October 1990 LB Portland Timbers 28 0
18 Verbickas, Ovidijus 24
96 days
4 July 1993 CM FK Sūduva 5 0
10 Šernas, Darvydas, off 76th min. 33
78 days
22 July 1984 RM VMFD Žalgiris 39 5
11 Novikovas, Arvydas 26
294 days
18 December 1990 AM Jagiellonia Białystok SSA, Poland 41 4
14 Slivka, Vykintas, off 90th+1 min. 22
162 days
29 April 1995 LM Hibernian FC, Scotland

54th min. after he complained to the referee for awarding a free-kick against them.
6 Černych, Fedor I. 26
140 days
21 May 1991
in Moscow, USSR
CF Jagiellonia Białystok SSA, Poland 37 9
Lithuania Substitutes
scoreline: Lithuania 0 England 1
9 Matulevičius, Deivydas, on 76th min. (75:50) for £ernas 28
183 days
8 April 1989 F Hibernian FC, Scotland 36 5
13 Chvedukas, Karolis, on 90th+1 min. (90:54) for Slivka 26
170 days
21 April 1991 M FK Sūduva 19 0
result: Lithuania 0 England 1
unused substitutes: 1-Emilijus Zubas, 3-Georgas Freidgeimas, 4-Tadas Kijanskas, 5-Tomas Mikuckis, 6-Vaidotas Šilėnas, 8-Egidijus Vaitkūnas, 12-Vytautas Černiauskas, 17-Marius Papšys, 19-Lukas Spalvis, 21-Nerijus Valskis.
5-1-3-1 Šetkus -
Borovskij, Klimavičius, Žulpa, Girdvainis, Andriuškevičius -
Verbickas -
Šernas, Novikovas, Slivka -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 316 days Appearances/Goals 23.6 1.8

England Team



FIFA (14 Sept 2017) 15th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2016 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with light blue sleeves and ice blue collared trim/side stripe and white cuffs, white shorts with ice blue side trim, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
fourth, W 2 - D 1 - L 1 - F 6 - A 5.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 47 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
twelfth match, W 7 - D 3 - L 2 - F 21 - A 9.
England Lineup
1 Butland, Jack 24
212 days
10 March 1993 G Stoke City FC 6 3ᵍᵃ
2 Trippier, Kieran J. 27
19 days
19 September 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
3 Cresswell, Aaron W. 27
297 days
15 December 1989 LWB West Ham United FC 3 0
final app 2016-17
4 Keane, Michael V. 24
270 days
11 January 1993 RD Everton FC 4 0
1223 5 Maguire, J. Harry 24
217 days
5 March 1993 LD Leicester City FC 1 0
the 19th Leicester player to represent England
6 Stones, John 23
133 days
28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC 20 0
the 178th player to reach the 20-app milestone
1224 7 Winks, Harry B. 21
248 days
2 February 1996 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
(record) 78th Hotspur player to represent England
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 27
113 days
17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 36 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 24
72 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 12
the 83rd penalty kick scored (116).
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 81st min. 21
180 days
11 April 1996 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 22 2
11 Rashford, Marcus, off 72nd min. 19
342 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 13 2
England Substitutes
scoreline: Lithuania 0 England 1
20 Sturridge, Daniel A., on 72nd min (71:38) for Rashford 27
37 days
1 September 1989 LF Liverpool FC 26 17 8
final app 2011-17
22 Lingard, Jesse E., on 81st min. (80:17) for Alli 24
297 days
15 December 1992 RF Manchester United FC 6 3 0
result: Lithuania 0 England 1
unused substitutes: 12-Chris Smalling, 13-Jordan Pickford, 14-Kyle Walker, 15-Gary Cahill, 16-Eric Dier, 17-Jake Livermore, 18-Jermain Defoe, 19-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 21-Raheem Sterling, 23-Fraser Forster.
team notes: With England already qualified and Lithuania unable to qualify, this is considered as England's only ever 'dead rubber' match.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
This is the first time England have played with a back three in a competitive match for eleven years.
records: England have now won thirty in their 39 qualification matches unbeaten run.
Harry Kane becomes the first captain to score in his first four matches. The previous record was set in 1993 by David Platt (three).
3-4-3 Butland -
Keane, Stones, Maguire -
Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell -
(Lingard), Kane, Rashford (Sturridge)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 93 days Appearances/Goals 11.9     1.3
youngest starting XI in 2017-18
    Match Report by Mike Payne

With the main job done, England were looking to end their qualifying programme with a flourish in Vilnius against one of the group's minnows Lithuania.  The plastic pitch on offer in Vilnius would make it a little different for the England players and during the match it was pretty obvious that it was not to everyone's liking.

To be fair to Gareth Southgate, he was without several key players for this match and he gave first caps to Harry Maguire and to Harry Winks, and also gave a first start for Aaron Cresswell, in what was a largely experimental line-up.  He also decided to go with a back three instead of a back four, and that was the first time England had done that for some considerable time.  He was hoping that the central defenders could move forward to create a bit more space.  In fact, England's first chance of the match came after five minutes and fell to Maguire.  The Leicester City player would never have a better chance to mark his debut with a goal as a cross came in from the left, giving him a free header three yards out.  Somehow Maguire sent it wide of the post and no matter how long he plays for England he will regret that moment and that golden chance.

The familiar pattern of recent England games then set in, with passes across the back, square and back again being the order of most of the first half.  Lithuania showed plenty of spirit and on 11 minutes Darvydas Sernas went close with a clever flick.  A long shot by Ovidijus Verbikas in the 20th minute, following a corner, was easily gathered by Jack Butland, who looked assured in goal.  Four minutes later another clear chance fell to England, and again it was a defender who was at the heart of the action.  Cresswell's free-kick caused the Lithuania defence some problems and an attempted sliced clearance fell right to the feet of Michael Keane.  the Everton defender fired in a fierce shot but the ball went the wrong side of the left-hand post.

Just a minute later though, England were ahead.  The ball was worked down the left and eventually found Jordan Henderson's head.  He nodded it inside as Deli Alli burst through into the box.  Verbikas also went for the ball and caught Alli, who went down.  The referee immediately pointed to the spot and England had a penalty.  Up stepped Harry Kane and the current England goal machine drilled the ball home, in off the post.

Young Spurs star Winks, was having a busy, and promising, debut in midfield and he was always looking to move forward.  In fact in this game there was more forward movement from England.  Winks put in a good cross for Alli and Kane to go for and then Marcus Rashford burst into the box and Kane was only just beaten to his pass inside.  On 38 minutes Rashford put in another penetrating run and forced Ernestas Setkus into a good save.  This was England's best spell and the team as a whole was getting forward well at times.  Rashford tried another burst but a strong tackle by Valdemar Borovskij stopped him, with both players needing treatment.  Half-time arrived soon afterwards and although England had looked brighter at times, there was still plenty to do.

After a slow start to the second-half with Sernas shooting over for Lithuania, England almost doubled their lead in the 54th minute.  Cresswell, not for the first time, burst down the left and fired in a dangerous cross.  Setkus pushed the ball out and it landed at Winks's feet.  His first effort was blocked but the ball came back to him and he then came so close to a debut goal.  A lovely side-step and a left-foot shot but Setkus made a fine save to steal the youngster's thunder away from him.  It was a good moment though and Winks really looked as though he was enjoying himself on the big stage.  Almost immediately, play swept up the other end and the home side so nearly equalised, and it was that man Keane again at the centre of the action.  A cross came in from the right and Keane, in attempting to clear, mishit the ball and it was goalbound until a brilliant save by Butland spared the Everton man's blushes.  The goalkeeper had had very little to do but that moment certainly showed his powers of concentration, it was a fine save.

Sernas again shot over with another effort and then Alli did likewise at the other end.  The 1-0 scoreline was by no means safe and England had to be alert to the swift counter attack.  But it was England who came closest a few minutes later as a fine cross by Henderson to the far post was met by a towering header by Cresswell.  The ball also seemed goalbound but somehow Setkus managed to claw the ball away from the top corner with a flying save.  Kane then shot wide before Daniel Sturridge came on for the impressive Rashford.  The United youngster had had two excellent games and he can be very pleased with his contribution in this International break.

For the final ten minutes England kept control with Sturridge looking lively and then another substitute Jesse Lingard joined the fray, and also showed up well in the short time he was on.  However, in the 85th minute Lithuania missed a golden chance to equalise.  The ball was headed on and Deivydas Matulevičius chested it down and it sat up perfectly for him.  But instead of aiming for the far post he shot straight at Butland and the goalkeeper made a comfortable save.  It was a bad miss and also highlighted the brittleness of the England defence at times.

The match ended as it had begun with Maguire missing a great chance.  A cross came in from the right and Maguire was not positive enough at the far post to fire home.  He should have scored, as he should earlier, and he must be kicking himself for not having a goal to celebrate his England debut.

So, another qualifying group negotiated, another victory, another clean sheet, lots of good individual performances, another Harry Kane goal and yet, lots to work on for Gareth Southgate.  It is not all doom and gloom as some would have us believe, Wales and Scotland would love to be in our position, but there is no doubt our performance levels must be lifted before next summer.  Our next two games, friendlies against Germany and Brazil might just give us a bit more of a test.  One thing is for certain, everybody must be on their best form for those two star attractions.  Come On England!!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor