Harry Kane finds net on dream debut as England dispatch Lithuania

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal of the game
England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal of the game

Harry Kane took just 80 seconds to make his mark on international football as he enjoyed a fairytale debut in England’s 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley.

Kane entered the pitch in the 71st minute and he nodded the ball in less than two minutes later to round off a simple victory in the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Wayne Rooney moved to within two goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record with an early opener.

He would have moved level with the England great inside 19 minutes had he not rattled the woodwork on two occasions.

But once Rooney made way for Kane, the script was written for the Tottenham striker to score on his debut and he did not disappoint.

Man of the match Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling had given England a comfortable cushion against dire opposition and then Kane pounced with just his third touch to put the icing on the cake.

Four years ago Kane was playing in front of 4,581 supporters while on loan for Leyton Orient against Dagenham & Redbridge.

On Friday night, 83,671 witnessed the first of what they hope will be many an England goal for Kane.

He now has 30 to his name this season - a remarkable statistic when you consider he started the campaign as third-choice striker at Spurs.

Meeting a floated Sterling cross to the backpost, Kane produced a powerful header which the Lithuania goalkeeper was unable to stop creeping home.

It was a remarkable start to life as a senior international and continued what has been a dream season for the Spurs striker.

The 73rd-minute header proved the last goal of the season with Sterling thwarted by a late Zaliukas block, while Delph curled wide after Vytautas Andriuskevieius left the field on a stretcher as the clock wound down.

Manager Roy Hodgson could not be happier at the final whistle. Yes, Lithuania, ranked 94th in the world, proved to be easy opposition. Italy will put up much more resistance in Turin on Tuesday.

But England got the job done. They played with width, flair and potency at the start of the first half and never looked like conceding.

England remain six points clear at the top of Group E and look good to qualify.