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Cahill a winner as England find latest savior, dismiss Lithuania with ease in Euro 2016 qualifying

Touched by an angel.
Touched by an angel.
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Harry Kane!

It wasn't that long ago that a day of international matches involving the national teams of England and Spain would've meant plenty of action for Chelsea players.  But the days of Terry, Lampard, Cole, Mata, et al. are long gone.  Gary Cahill is now our lone England representative.  Cesc Fabregas is currently our only Spain representative and he didn't even get to play.  (Meanwhile, Diego Costa is injured and Cesar Azpilicueta was left off the team for reasons unfathomable.)

Harry Kane!

While Fabregas twiddled his thumbs on the Spain bench as they eked out a 1-0 win over Ukraine, Gary Cahill twiddled his thumbs on the pitch as England dispatched a rather useless Lithuania side 4-0 at Wembley.  Wayne Rooney opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes, and while England didn't immediately kick-on as we all expected, they eventually made their superiority pay with goals from Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling, and a certain Harry Kane.  Harry Kane!  He came, he saw, he scored within 79 seconds.  At 80 seconds he was crowned King.  At 90 seconds, he won Euro 2016, at 91, the 2018 World Cup.  No messing about!

Harry Kane!

Kane's joy at the goal was almost enough to make me feel bad for getting all cynical.  Water into wine!  Cynicism into happiness!

Harry Kane!

So, Gary Cahill.  Roy Hodgson saddled his vice-captain with Phil Jones this time around, but Gary stuck to his task and didn't get distracted by the Manchester United man's hilarious facial expressions.  The Great Wall of Cahill was a monster in the air and the Lithuanians didn't really have anybody to make him even break a sweat.  A good day, an easy day.  And he got to wear the armband for about 20 minutes after Rooney made way for Harry Kane.  Rock you like a...

Harry Kane!

With the win, England move six points clear at the top of Group E.  Five wins from five, they can probably sleepwalk the rest of the qualification campaign and still make it to next year's tournament in France.  Hurray, internationals!

Harry Kane!

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