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1051 vs. North Macedonia
  Monday, 19 June 2023
2024 UEFA European Championship Group C qualification match

England 7 North Macedonia 0 [3-0]
 
 
Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester
Kick-off (BST): 7.47pm
Attendance: 70,708
Trent Alexander-Arnold kicks off Stefan Ristovski won the toss
93 minutes 47:54 &

[1-0] Harry Kane 29 28:26
Luke Shaw: FORTUNATE
 left-footed placed strike from 8yds from a low Shaw left-side byline cross
[2-0] Bukayo Saka 38 37:53
Kyle Walker: CREATIVE
 right-footed powerful strike from right corner 6yd box from a Walker cross from the right
[3-0] Marcus Rashford
45 44:06
Jordan Henderson: CREATIVE
 
a neat poke from Kane sets up Henderson to place the ball low to Rashford to tap-in right-footed from the 6yd line









<600th qualification goal
[4-0] Bukayo Saka half-volley 47 46:54
Trent Alexander-Arnold: CREATIVE
 sublime left-footed powerful strike from the 18yd line following a 70yd Alexander-Arnold ball

[5-0] Bukayo Saka 51 50:55 HAT-TRICK
Harry Kane: CREATIVE
 picked up a Kane thro-ball to dribble thru' for a left-footed placed strike from 14 yards

[6-0] Kalvin Phillips tap-in 64 63:54
Jack Grealish: FORTUNATE
 a 3yd right-footed tap-in into an empty net after Serafimov could only parry Grealish's cross into his path
[7-0]
Harry Kane penalty 73 72:41
John Stones: FORTUNATE
 powerful right-footed strike into top right corner as keeper dived to opposite direction
(Bejtula fouled Stones 71:14) (awarded 71:18) 




<100th goal by an Arsenal player



<2300th goal scored by England
also 100th player to score in EC



<Southgate's 100th home goal
 
Declan Rice 41 40:16  
 
Kalvin Phillips 77 76:26
Egzon Bejtula 72 71:26  
  Commentator: Steve Bower with Andros Townsend
 
"IT'S BUKAYO WHACKER" SunSport
Officials from Romania England Squad Type Macedonia Squad
Referee (yellow)
István Kovács
38 (16 September 1984), Carei, FIFA-listed 2018
14  Goal Attempts 0
10  Attempts on Target 0
Assistant Referees Hit Bar/Post 0
Vasile Florin Marinescu
47 (6 April 1976)
Mihai Ovidiu Artene
45 (4 October 1977)
Corner Kicks Won 0
Fourth official
Radu
Marian Petrescutine 40 (12 November 1982), Bucareşti

UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev, Bulgaria
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Strömbergsson, Sweden
Offside Calls Against 0
13  Fouls Conceded 8
66%  Possession 34%
Video Assistant Officials from Netherlands          
Paulus Hendrikus van Boekel 47 (19 September 1975), Venray
Jeroen Manschot 40
England Team
 
Rank FIFA (6 April 2023) 5th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 6th
Colours The Nike 2022 home jersey - White crew-necked jerseys with dark to light blue fury gradient sleeves, fury/void cuffs, white shorts, white socks with fury/void thin hoop.
Captain Harry Kane Manager Gareth Southgate, 52 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
⁵⁰ most goals as captain
59th of 66, W 36 - D 12 - L 11 - F 139 - A 48.
  Harry Maguire 73:24 P 85th of 97, W 53 - D 18 - L 14 - F 189 - A 58.
England Lineup
  three changes on the previous match (Trippier, Guéhi & Maddison out) league position (24th May)  
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 29
104 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 17th) 54 39ᵍᵃ
2
Walker, Kyle A. 33
22 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 76 0
5
Stones, John 29
22 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 67 3
6 Maguire, J. Harry 30
106 days
5 March 1993 LCD Manchester United FC (PL 4th) 57 7
3
Shaw, Luke P.H. 27
342 days
12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC (PL 4th) 31 3
final app 2014-23
10
Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 24
255 days
7 October 1998 RM Liverpool FC (PL 5th) 20 2
the 196th player to reach the 20-app milestone
4 Rice, Declan, off 59th min. 24
156 days
14 January 1999 CM
 
West Ham United FC (PL 14th)
 
43 3
41st min. for catching the foot of Elif Elmas after first getting the ball
     
8
Henderson, Jordan B., off 58th min. 33
2 days
17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC (PL 5th) 77 3
7 Saka, Bukayo A.T., off 59th min. 21
287 days
5 September 2001 RF
 
Arsenal FC (PL RU)
 
28 11
the 370th (237th post-war) brace, the 91st (54th post-war) hattrick scored 
9
Kane, Harry E., off 74th min. 29
326 days
28 July 1993
 
CF
 
Tottenham Hotspur FC (PL 8th)
 
84 58²⁰
the 371st (238th post-war) brace scored
  the 107th penalty-kick scored (145) - 25th EC
11
Rashford, Marcus, off 58th min. 25
231 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC (PL 4th) 53 16
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 North Macedonia 0
17
Grealish, Jack P., on 58th min. (57:42) for Rashford 27
282 days
10 September 1995 LF Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 32 13 2
19
19 Gallagher, Conor J., on 58th min. (57:45) for Henderson 23
133 days
6 February 2000 LM Chelsea FC (PL 12th) 7 2 0
5
20 Foden, Philip W., on 59th min. (58:01) for Saka 23
22 days
28 May 2000 RF Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 25 16 3
9
15 Phillips, Kalvin M., on 59th min. (58:10) for Rice 27
199 days
 
2 December 1995
 
DM
 
 
Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS)

 
27

 
21 1

 
6
 
the 105th goal by a substitute
77th min. for tripping Ilija Nestorovski on the centre-circle
scoreline: England 7 North Macedonia 0
23 Wilson, Callum E.G., on 74th min. (73:42) for Kane 31
112 days
 
27 February 1992  CF Newcastle United FC (PL 3rd) 8 1 2
7
result: England 7 North Macedonia 0
unused substitutes: 12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 14-Marc Guéhi, 16-Tyrone Mings, 18-James Maddison, 21-Eberechi Eze, 22-Sam Johnstone.
team notes: This is England's third time at hosting Macedonia, and the first victory. Having drawn the previous two matches.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
Harry Maguire is the twelfth England player to make his fiftieth competitive appearance.
stadium notes: This is England's first visit back at Old Trafford since February 2007, before the new National Stadium was built, when Old Trafford was virtually England's temporary home venue.
captain notes: Harry Kane continues to break his own records, he is now =fourth, with David Beckham, in the most captaincies list. Taking 174 days less to do so. Now six captaincies behind Bryan Robson.
His fifty goals as captain is now 27 more than Vivian Woodward in second place.
Not since 2014-15 under Wayne Rooney has one player captained the side for every match throughout the season (although Kane did previously captain all the matches in the abandoned 2019-20 season)
team records: England's 150th European Championship match, ECP & ECF (W 92 - D 57 - L 21 - F 324 - A 102).
Since the very first goal by Ron Flowers in October 1962, Kalvin Phillips becomes the 100th player to score a European Championship goal.
England's eightieth clean sheet in the month of June.
Manager Gareth Southgate was in the England squad the first time FYR Macedonia came to England in October 2002.
4-3-3 Pickford -
Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw -
Alexander-Arnold, Rice (Phillips), Henderson (Gallagher) -
Saka (Foden), Kane (Wilson), Rashford (Grealish)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 43 days Appearances/Goals 53.6 9.1
oldest and most experienced team played by Gareth Southgate
North Macedonia Team
 
Rank FIFA (6 April 2023) 65th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 74th to 75th
Colours Made by Jako - Red v-necked jerseys with yellow sunburst design from chest and yellow panel on cuffs, red shorts, red socks
Captain Stefan Ristovski
Enis Bardhi half-time
Stole Dimitrievski 66:30
Manager Blagoja Milevski
52 (25 March 1971), appointed 1 August 2021
22nd match, W 8 - D 5 - L 9 - F 29 - A 32.
North Macedonia Lineup
1 Dimitrievski, Stole 29
176 days
25 December 1993 G Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain 62 0
13 Ristovski, Stefan, inj. off half-time 31
129 days
12 February 1992 RB GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 82 2
14 Velkovski, Darko 27
363 days
21 June 1995 CB Al Eittifaq FC, Saudi Arabia 48 3
4 Zajkov, Gjoko, off 57th min. 28
131 days
10 February 1995 LB Universitatea Craiova 1948 CS, Romania 25 1
3 Aškovski, Stefan 31
117 days
24 February 1992 RWB PAS Lamia 1964, Greece 22 0
10 Bardhi, Enis, injured off 67th min. 27
352 days
2 July 1995 RM Trabzonspor Kb, Turkey 56 14
5 Ademi, Arijan, off 58th min. 33
21 days
29 May 1991
in Šibenik, Croatia
AM Beijing Guoan FC, China 30 4
7 Elmas, Elif 23
268 days
24 September 1999 LM SSC Napoli, Italy 50 11
8 Alioski, Ezdjan 31
129 days
12 February 1992 LWB Fenerbahçe, Turkey, on loan from Al Ahli, Saudi Arabia 67 12
9 Trajkovski, Aleksandar, off 57th min. 30
287 days
5 September 1992 RF Al-Fayha, Saudi Arabia 84 20
23 Nestorovski, Ilija 33
99 days
12 March 1990 LF Udinese Calcio, Italy 52 10
North Macedonia Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 North Macedonia 0
2 Bejtulai, Egzon, on half-time for Ristovski 29
163 days 
7 January 1994 RB
 
KF Shkëndija
 
27
 
0
 
  72nd min. for pulling back on John Stones as he tried to run. PENALTY
     
scoreline: England 5 North Macedonia 0
20 Babunski, Dorian, on 57th min. (56:42) for Trajkovski  26  29 August 1996 RF  Debreceni VSI, Hungary 7
6 Serafimov, Nikola, on 57th min. (56:54) for Zajkov 23 11 August 1999  LB  MOL Fehérvár FC, Hungary  6 0
11 Atanasov, Jani, on 58th min. (57:10) for Ademi 23
231 days
31 October 1999 LWB  MKS Cracovia SSA, Poland  8 0
scoreline: England 6 North Macedonia 0
16 Babunski, David, on 67th min. (66:40) for Bardhi 29
110 days
1 March 1994 RM Mezőkövesdi SE, Hungary  15 0
result: England 7 North Macedonia 0
unused substitutes: 12-Dejan Iliev, 15-Jovan Manev, 17-Ljupcho Doriev, 18-Agon Elezi, 19-Milan Ristovski, 21-Bojan Dimoski, 22-Damjan Šiškovski.
team notes: Stefan Ristovski received treatment to a head injury (15:52-21:46) following a clash in the Macedonian six-yard box with Harry Kane (15:24).
Stefan and Milan Ristovski are brothers, as are David and Dorian Babunski.
records: North Macedonia's heaviest defeat.
 
3-5-2 Dimitrievski -
Ristovski (Bejtulaj), Velkovski, Zajkov (Serafimov) -
Ashkovski, Bardhi (David Babunski), Ademi (Atanasov), Elmas, Alioski -
Trajkovski (Dorian Babunski), Nestorovski
Averages (Starting XI): Age 29 years 290 days Appearances/Goals 52.5 7.0
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

At the end of my last report, on the Malta game, I suggested that it might be nice for the fans to see a little bit of the 'Bazball' element introduced into this England set-up. Well. blow me down, we had 'Gazball' and it happened in spades for the visit of North Macedonia. This has to go down as one of the best attacking displays by an England team in recent memory!

Right from the first whistle, England were really up for this one as they tore into the visiting defence continuously in the opening 20 minutes. With Marcus Rashford on the left, and Bukayo Saka on the right, making inroads every time England went forward, it was exciting to watch. As early as the second minute Saka forced the first save from the keeper, and from then on it was basically one-way traffic. There were a few isolated breakaways by North Macedonia but these were dealt with efficiently by John Stones, Harry Maguire, and the two full-backs, Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw.

In the fifth minute Rashford was only just stopped after he jinked his way through defenders, and then four minutes later Stones headed over from a corner. By this time the visiting defenders were chasing shadows and tied up in knots, such was the determined play by the home side. After the quarter-hour a cross from the right was scrambled away by England, and then Harry Kane was hurt after a nasty clash of heads with Stefan Ristovski. Both recovered after treatment and the exciting first 20 minutes ended with Rashford seeing his shot smothered by Stole Dimitrievski in the NM goal. The positive way that England were swiftly moving the ball around augured well for greater things, as first Rashford was stopped at the expense of a corner, and then Saka so nearly set up another chance. Maguire then headed a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner wide but surely the pressure had to tell eventually?

And so it was, in the 29th minute, when England took the lead with a fine move and goal. Lovely play down the left as Rashford gained possession and his clever nutmeg pass through a defenders legs puts the ball into the marauding Shaw's feet. He pulled the ball back from the bye-line and there was that master finisher Mr Harry Edward Kane making Michael Edward Payne a very happy reporter! It was no less than England deserved for what had been a blistering start to the match. Immediately Saka and Rashford combined and Jordan Henderson came so close to making it 2-0. As it turned out we had to wait until the 38th minute for that scoreline, and what a goal it was.

Great passing and movement between Rashford, Kane and Walker ended with the latter's pass to Saka. The Arsenal youngster wasted no time in crashing a vicious shot into the roof of the net to give the keeper no chance. Declan Rice is then a little unluckily booked for a foul on Elif Elmas, a bit harsh for what was his first tackle of the night

In the last couple of first-half minutes of the half, Rashford almost scored, and then did score, after more thrilling attacks. Kane intercepted a bad pass and quickly spotted the run of Henderson and flicked the ball to him. He, in turn, laid the ball back and there was Rashford to score a simple tap-in from close range. That ended one of the best attacking halves seen from England for a long, long time. They were so dominant that I don't recall Jordan Pickford even having a touch. Now, the good news was, there was absolutely no let up from England when the second-half began. Two minutes in to the half and Saka scored the goal of the game.

A first-time long ball forward by Alexander-Arnold (I apologise if ever I write Alexander-Armstrong by mistake, too much Pointless I'm afraid!). I digress, a fabulous long pass from Alexander-Arnold found Saka scampering forward perfectly. The youngster's control and touch was outstanding, and the shot he fired in was unstoppable. The goal was simply magnificent! We thought it couldn't get any better for the Arsenal star, but three minutes later it did just that.

This time the provider was Kane, whose passing is often overlooked, but the sweetest of passes sent Saka in on goal and a collective holding of breath went round the stadium as he homed in goal. Would he? He certainly did, and he tucked the ball home in a manner that Jimmy Greaves himself would have been delighted with. The look of joy on the face of Saka was brilliant too as he realised what he had done.

At 5-0 up it was standing ovation time as Rashford, Henderson, Rice and especially Saka all went off to a superb thank you from the crowd, with Phil Foden, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish and Conor Gallagher brought into the action. And just ten minutes later the boys were at it again as Grealish sent in a cross which was deflected into the path of Phillips and he will never score an easier first goal for his country, from close in. One of the bright spots of this England performance was that the first touches and the passing was excellent from all the players and the way they never let up from searching for more goals was really impressive.

On 71 minutes an England corner came in and as the players tried to meet the ball, Stones was clumsily bundled over by Egzon Bejtulai and the referee awarded a penalty. Harry eye's lit up again, well one of them did, because his other eye had noticed that Gareth Southgate wanted to send on Callum Wilson. If ever a look said to the manager "not yet boss" it was that which Harry gave the bench. Needless to say, Kane was not about to give this chance up and hit the penalty hard and true for a 7-0 lead. "Okay, I'll go off now," as Kane appeared to say and the smiles exchanged between him and Wilson as they high fived each other at the substitution said it all!!

Before the end a mistake by the crestfallen keeper almost gave Phillips a second goal but this time the North Macedonia defence blocked the chance. And that was it. A wonderful and exhilarating performance by England, from start to finish, and it was a great way to end the season's internationals.

    

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
Macedonian Football
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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