Defoe scores on return as England beat Lithuania 2-0

Edgaras Jankauskas wants underdogs Lithuania to haunt England as Iceland did

JERMAIN DEFOE scored for England against Lithuania at Wembley and that was his first global goal since 2013.

Slovakia went second in the group with a 3-1 win at Malta while Scotland are six points off the pace after substitute Chris Martin scored an 88th-minute victor against Slovenia in Glasgow.

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill took the armband during England's 1-0 friendly loss in Germany on Wednesday but was suspended as recalled striker Jermain Defoe and substitute Jamie Vardy got the goals to strengthen the Three Lions' position at the top of Group F on Sunday.

England have been in incredible form in the qualifiers as they have not lost a qualification match since October 2009, taking their unbeaten tally to 33.

The Red Devils remain two points clear at the top of Group H and travel to Russian Federation for a friendly on Tuesday.

Valskis was just as lively at the start of the second half.

The world champion leads by five points from Northern Ireland, which defeated Norway 2-0 in Belfast thanks to first-half goals from Jamie Ward and Conor Washington.

After gently ushering the game towards the interval England nearly conceded in the messiest of ways in added time.

Montenegro still lie second, while Denmark and Romania remain third and fourth respectively following their goalless draw in Cluj.

Emotional scenes were recorded as Bradley Lowery held the hand of Defoe who plays for his favourite team, Sunderland.

Liverpool also had internationals in action on Saturday, with Georginio Wijnaldum playing just 45 minutes as Netherlands suffered a damaging 2-0 defeat at Bulgaria in a qualifier of their own.

Scotland climbed to fourth place and is only two points behind Slovakia, which moved into second by beating Malta 3-1 away.

Defoe s penalty-box cunning was one of the reasons Southgate picked him over Vardy and he vindicated his manager s call by putting England ahead in the 22nd minute.

In qualifying football, the Three Lions have been a team in a hurry who opponents find hard to stop.

Lithuania offered nearly nothing as an attacking force - Fiodor Cernych dragged a shot tamely wide in a rare foray forward - and Defoe nearly doubled England's lead shortly before the half-hour mark when a trademark snapshot from the edge of the box arrowed just wide of Setkus' right-hand post.

Five-year-old Bradley Lowery melted the hearts of England fans when he led out the national team at Wembley on Sunday.



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