England and France recorded comfortable victories on Saturday in Euro 2020 qualifying, beating Bulgaria 4-0 and Albania 4-1, respectively.
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling combined for all four of England’s goals, with the Spurs striker notching a hat-trick (including two penalties) and Sterling adding a goal and an assist as well.
From the Chelsea perspective, we had Ross Barkley starting in midfield and Mason Mount playing the final 25 minutes as a No.10 in his senior England debut.
England take on second place Kosovo next, and have a chance to open a decisive lead in Group A.
For the World Cup champions, Olivier Giroud started as usual, and scored, as usual, converting a cross from Lucas Hernández with customary ease to give France an early 2-0 lead against Albania. Les Bleus would add a couple more in the second half before Albania grabbed a stoppage time consolation.
With N’Golo Kanté resting back at home, and Kurt Zouma watching from the bench, Giroud was the only Chelsea representative to play. The big man is now just 8 caps shy of 100 and needs just 5 goals to match Michel Platini for second all-time for the national team.
France take on Iceland on Tuesday, who are hot on their heels in Group H.