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Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo gets four, France stroll it, Czechs bounce back

• Ronaldo takes international tally to 93 in 5-1 win over Lithuania• Czech Republic leapfrog Kosovo with 3-0 victory in MontenegroPortugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his international goals tally to 93 when he scored four times to give the European…

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Euro 2020 roundup: France find it easy after Albania anthem embarrassment

• 4-1 win for world champions follows Stade de France PA gaffe• Portugal get campaign on track with 4-2 win in SerbiaA weakened France side scored four goals for the fourth time in five Euro 2020 qualifiers as the Group H leaders swept aside Albania 4-…

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Kylian Mbappé rescues France against Iceland while Portugal see off Poland

• France score twice in last four minutes to draw 2-2 at home• Aleksandar Mitrovic double helps Serbia win in MontenegroFrance avoided an embarrassing defeat by Iceland with two goals in the last five minutes, including a last-gasp penalty from the sub…

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Maguire to Winks: which England hopefuls might make the plane to Russia? | Jamie Jackson

Jack Butland, Aaron Cresswell, Harry Winks, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier all got a chance against Lithuania, but who looks likely to go to the World Cup?Despite having made his England debut in August 2012, Jack Butland had to wait three years for…

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Gareth Southgate keeps Harry Kane waiting on England captaincy

• Gareth Southgate impressed with Kane’s goals in past two games
• ‘Everyone wants me to get a shift on, but I want to give myself time’

Gareth Southgate expressed delight at the way Harry Kane captained England in the final two World Cup qualifying wins, against Slovenia and Lithuania, but admitted he is yet to decide who will be the permanent leader.

Kane’s 27th-minute penalty against Lithuania proved to be the winner here and his added-time goal had claimed victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday. In all, the Tottenham striker has scored in each of the four matches he has worn the armband. Yet while Southgate described the centre-forward as one of the best he has encountered in his career, the 24-year-old will have to wait regarding whether he will be named as the captain for Russia 2018.

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Harry Kane penalty gives England win in Lithuania to end qualifying campaign

There was a moment early in the second half here when the referee, Orel Grinfeld, had to stop play after the children enjoying a kick-about on a five-a-side pitch at the open end of this tiny arena hoofed a yellow football over the netting and on to the artificial surface. Those standing behind the goal at that end of the ground, amused by the brief interruption, must have been tempted thereafter to turn around and watch the kids’ whooped attempts to keep warm instead. So much of the main attraction proved desperately humdrum.

Related: Gareth Southgate keeps Harry Kane waiting on England captaincy

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Lithuania v England: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

4.18pm BST

“That blue embroidery on blue jacket makes it look like Southgate has put his jacket on inside out and not noticed,” suggests Adam Griffiths. But if the jacket was inside out we couldn’t see the pocket at all. It does look like the pocket has been sewn on the wrong ray round.

4.10pm BST

Here’s the Lithuania side, and indeed both teams in full:

Lithuania: Setkus, Andriuskevicius, Girdvainis, Zulpa, Linas Klimavicius, Borovskij, Slivka, Verbickas, Novikovas, Sernas, Cernych. Subs: Zubas, Freidgeimas, Kijanskas, Mikuckis, Silenas, Vaitkunas, Matulevicius, Chvedukas, Papsys, Spalvis, Valskis, Cerniauskas.
England: Butland, Keane, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Winks, Henderson, Cresswell, Alli, Kane, Rashford. Subs: Pickford, Forster, Smalling, Walker, Cahill, Dier, Livermore, Defoe, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Sterling, Lingard.
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)

Starting IX vs. @England: Setkus Andriuskevicius Klimavicius Girdvainis Borovskij Zulpa Slivka Verbickas Cernych Novikovas Sernas pic.twitter.com/nlNcbiWuJ2

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Stuart Armstrong opens Scotland account in win against Lithuania

Scotland kept their World Cup hopes alive following a convincing 3-0 victory here last night, with manager Gordon Strachan describing their performance as “phenomenal” and the best of his time so far in charge of the national team.

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong scored his first goal for his country with a header from a Leigh Griffiths corner in the 25th minute before Andy Robertson curled in a glorious second five minutes later at the LFF stadionas. James McArthur made it 3-0 from close range in the 72nd minute to clinch three valuable Group F points.

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Gareth Southgate praises Jermain Defoe’s striking return for England

• Manager says veteran can go to Russia 2018 if he keeps scoring in top flight
• Gareth Southgate happy with ‘positive week’ after win over Lithuania

Gareth Southgate has offered Jermain Defoe hope of featuring for England at the 2018 World Cup if he maintains his form in the Premier League after the striker marked his return after three and a half years in the international wilderness with the first goal in the defeat of Lithuania.

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Jermain Defoe rolls back the years to show England what they have missed | Dominic Fifield

Sunderland striker showed he has lost none of his sharpness or eye for goal to vindicate Gareth Southgate’s decision to recall him after three years away

There was something very familiar about all this. The sight of a winger bustling to the byline and, even as he pulled the ball back across goal, being absolutely convinced the net would be billowing by the time his momentum had carried him on to the artificial turf ringing the pitch. Jermain Defoe tends to offer that calibre of reassurance, forever loitering as he does in enemy territory spanning the width of the posts, the six-yard box only ever a dart away, defenders constantly on edge. Cue that trademark celebration, arms stretched wide, as the striker trotted towards the crowd. It was as if he had never been away.

Except, of course, he had – and, plenty would argue, for far too long. The scenario which yielded England’s lead midway through the first half on Sunday might have been plucked from the last occasion when Defoe had scored for his country at Wembley, so identikit a goal did it feel from a player who has been prospering like this for years.

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England 2-0 Lithuania: five talking points from the World Cup 2018 qualifier | Paul Doyle

Kyle Walker’s raids carry an impressive threat, Joe Hart still fails to inspire confidence while the crowd show good humour after boorishness in Germany

Given how low the bar was when he came in, the first thing Gareth Southgate had to achieve to be able to point to progress was avoid becoming embroiled in a national scandal or humiliation. It is thumbs up on that front for now and there is circumstantial evidence of progress beyond that. After an honourable defeat to an improvised Germany team, England showed against Lithuania just enough speed and clever movement to unhinge opponents who aspired to do nothing more than erect human barricades around their box from the first minute. Both goals were beauties but there were also bouts of familiar stodginess. But at least Southgate has made some bold selections, defetishised the captaincy and suggested he is a man with a plan and the strength and clarity of thought to implement it. The true tests lie ahead but Southgate has made a fair start.

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Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy give England victory over Lithuania

The most remarkable statistic attached to this victory is that England, for all their traumas and intermittent crises, have now gone 34 matches since they experienced defeat in a qualifying match. The last occasion was October 2009 when Fabio Capello’s team went down 1-0 to Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk and, to put it into context, there have been three different full-time managers since then.

A record of that nature can seem like a deception sometimes given what usually then happens at the actual tournaments but in the preliminaries England’s results continue to attract large, cheerful crowds – close to 78,000 here – and for the most part they send the fans away without too many grievances.

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England v Lithuania: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

4.01pm BST

England (possible 4-2-3-1) Hart; Walker, Keane, Stones, Bertrand; Dier, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sterling, Alli, Lallana; Defoe.

Lithuania (possible 4-2-3-1) Šetkus; Vaitkūnas, Kijanskas, Klimavičius, Slavickas; Kuklys, Žulpa; Novikovas, Slivka, Černych; Valskis.

1.11pm BST

Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. After a shambolic 2016, it seemed like the England football team were over, done, like skinny jeans. Yet there has been enough encouragement, in Gareth Southgate’s unsentimental rhetoric and the perky performance in Germany on Wednesday, to be drawn in again.

We know they will beat Lithuania today – no easy games at international level my corn-addled foot – so the fun will be in seeing how they beat them, whether Dele Alli and Adam Lallana combine as encouragingly as they did in Dortmund, and what system Southgate decides to play. This match won’t change your life but it should be diverting enough. Besides, what else are you going to do with your afternoon, watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on the Tiny Pop channel? You are? Oh fair enough, each his own.

Related: Gareth Southgate lets England players and Eddie Jones do the talking | Dominic Fifield

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Gareth Southgate the listener demands his England stars show enterprise | Dominic Fifield

Coach called on Eddie Jones to give his squad a lesson in winning before their match with Lithuania and his charges are learning the value of initiative

Gareth Southgate handed the stage to the player at his side when it came down to dissecting more precisely the advice and guidance offered up by Eddie Jones on Friday night. The England rugby union coach had addressed the nation’s senior football squad back at their team hotel in Hertfordshire, his presentation devoid of PowerPoint slides or whiteboard bullet points. Players have a tendency to drift off on such occasions, staring blankly at the rat‑a‑tat of buzzwords, but the Australian apparently held the room.

“We have taken massive inspiration from his work,” said Ryan Bertrand. “His England team were on a fantastic record run [equalling New Zealand’s 18-game winning streak], so we dug deep to find out what measures he had put in to achieve that sustainable success. Not just temporary success, getting the odd win, but making it sustainable.

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England veteran Jermain Defoe set to return from international wilderness

• Sunderland striker poised for recall against Lithuania
• ‘Deadly finisher’ Defoe likely to replace Vardy up front

Jermain Defoe is poised to represent his country for the first time in almost three and a half years as Gareth Southgate seeks to prise apart Lithuania’s attempts at stubborn defence and maintain England’s leadership of Group F.

Southgate is expected to start with the 34-year-old striker, whose 55th and most recent cap came against Chile in November 2013, and recall Raheem Sterling, recovered from a slight knock, to his starting lineup at Wembley against the team ranked 107th in the world. The 3-4-3 system adopted for the friendly defeat in Germany in the week is likely to revert to 4-1-4-1, with the quartet of attack‑minded players in front of Eric Dier playing just behind the Sunderland forward.

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Eric Dier urges England fans to behave ‘the right way’ after Germany incidents

• England supporters booed German anthem and sang about world wars
• Dier calls on fans to be ‘respectful’ for Wembley qualifier against Lithuania

Eric Dier has urged England supporters to be respectful and back the team “in the right way” after the unsavoury behaviour of some fans during the friendly in Germany on Wednesday.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was marred by fans booing the German national anthem and singing distasteful songs about the first and second world wars, actions the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, described as “inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing”.

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Happy birthday, Theo, you’re dropped – England bombshell for Walcott

• Arsenal forward in row with Gareth Southgate over England axe
• Southgate: ‘I’ve got to say he wasn’t chuffed to bits to get the call’

Gareth Southgate had a heated exchange with Theo Walcott on Thursday morning, after phoning the Arsenal forward to say he had dropped him from the England squad for the matches against Germany and Lithuania.

Arsène Wenger believes Walcott has become more “complete” and “efficient” this season and the statistics support the Arsenal manager’s assessment. Walcott has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions at club level and he is on course to overhaul his best tally for a season – the 21 he scored in 2012-13.

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James McArthur levels late to save Scotland’s blushes against Lithuania

As the fourth official’s board displayed five minutes of stoppage time, Scotland sought to breathe again. James McArthur had just scored an equaliser against Lithuania, affording Gordon Strachan hope which for the vast majority of this meeting with Lithuania had been chronically absent.

There was to be no further home flurry. When the dust settles on this tie, the sense that Scotland had to win to retain hopes of a proper push towards the 2018 World Cup will linger. Tuesday’s trip to Slovakia, where previously a point would have represented a fine result, now has a different meaning. Pressure on Strachan, was subtly building before, has now intensified.

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Germany v Czech Republic, Scotland v Lithuania: World Cup qualifying – live!

7.56pm BST

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7.54pm BST

Gordon Strachan, while naming an unchanged side, has switched Robert Snodgrass and Oliver Burke, so Burke is playing on the right and Snodgrass is behind Chris Martin.

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Graeme Souness: Russia 2018 more crucial to Scotland than beating England

• ‘You can’t afford to get caught up in the auld enemy thing’
• ‘You would take losing to them twice, winning other games and getting there’

Graeme Souness has stressed the importance of Scotland reaching Russia in 2018 over beating England. After a 5-1 win in Malta last month, Gordon Strachan’s side prepare for the World Cup qualifying double-header against Lithuania at Hampden Park on Saturday and away to Slovakia on Tuesday before a trip to Wembley on 11 November.

Related: Oliver Burke: ‘England tried a cheeky one but no way! I love playing for Scotland – goosebumps’

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