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England v Andorra Live Commentary, 05/09/21

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J. Lingard (18)
H. Kane (72 pen)
J. Lingard (78)
B. Saka (85)
Wembley Stadium


England now prepare to travel to Poland for their final game of the international break. They've had no bumps on the road to Qatar yet. It looks like it will be quite a smooth journey. That's all for now. Goodbye!
England extend their lead at the top of Group I to six points as Albania have picked up a surprising 1-0 win over Hungary. England have 15 points from five games and a goal difference of 16. They're strolling to World Cup qualification. Andorra stay fifth in the group on three points. They did their best.
England continue their 100 per cent record at the top of Group I with an easy victory over Andorra! Once man of the match Lingard gave England the lead early in the first half, the hosts were in complete control. Andorra's resistance finally crumbled in the final quarter of the game. There's nothing we can learn from this game really except that England are good and Andorra are not.
Chus Rubio
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Jesus Rubio becomes Andorra's sixth player to be booked as he takes out Lingard. Andorra aren't a dirty side, just a clumsy one who are nowhere near England's quality.
90' Mings heads over from Alexander-Arnold's corner. There'll be three more minutes of this.
89' England want one last goal! Lingard crashes a shot against an Andorra defender in the centre of the box as he reaches Alexander-Arnold's cutback from the byline. England get a corner which Andorra clear. Shortly after, Kane draws a fantastic save from Gomes who denies his curler towards the top right corner. England will have another corner.
Yellow Card
88' Fernandez is booked for catching Henderson with a high foot after the ball had gone.
Joan Cervós
Moi San Nicolás
86' San Nicolas also goes off. Cervos replaces him at left wing-back for Andorra.
Ildefons Lima
Márcio Vieira
86' With the game surely lost now, Andorra make a sentimental change. The 41-year-old centre-back Lima comes on for Vieira.
J. Lingard
86' Andorra made it far too easy for Lingard to pick out his cross there. The scoreline for England suddenly looks very respectable.
B. Saka
85' GOAL! ENGLAND 4-0 ANDORRA! Alexander-Arnold takes the corner quickly to Lingard who has all the time in the world to turn and cross from the right of the box. Lingard's cross finds Saka who has the easy task of finishing from close range. He's scored on his 20th birthday.
84' Martinez jinks into England's box from the right and goes down under pressure from Mings but a penalty is not forthcoming. Up the other end, England win a corner.
82' Martinez, who's looked bright since coming on for Andorra, draws a poor tackle from Mings down Andorra's right.
T. Mings
Yellow Card
82' Mings receives a yellow card for disrupting Martinez's run. He'll miss England's next game in Poland through suspension.
80' Kane hits the left-hand post from just a few yards out as he gets on the end of Grealish's cross. It would have been a terrible miss, but Kane's blushes are spared by the offside flag.
B. Saka
78' Saka did well to find Lingard there and Lingard did the rest. England are coasting to victory now.
J. Lingard
78' GOAL! ENGLAND 3-0 ANDORRA! Lingard grabs his second goal of the game as Saka rolls a pass out to him to the left of the box. Lingard takes one touch inside on his stronger right foot and knuckleballs his effort into the far corner. He looks rejuvenated by his spell on the sidelines.
76' Andorra make a rare foray into England's half as Lingard fouls Jesus Rubio. It doesn't last long though as they don't manage to do anything with the free-kick.
Marc García
Jordi Rubio
74' Andorra make some more substitutions. They know the jig is now up. Garcia takes the place of Jordi Rubio.
Álex Martínez
Ludovic Clemente
74' Clemente also gets an early rest. Martinez takes his place on Andorra's right wing.
73' Kane has now scored in each of his last 14 qualifying matches for England, grabbing 17 goals in those games. With that goal, he's equalled Michael Owen's record of 40 goals for England in 62 caps and has become England's joint-fifth highest goalscorer.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
72' GOAL! ENGLAND 2-0 ANDORRA! Kane steps up to take the penalty kick. The England captain takes a deep breath and smashes it into the bottom left corner. There was never any doubt that Kane would find the net.
Christian García
Yellow Card
71' Garcia's booked for bringing down Mount. England will now get the chance to finally extend their lead.
70' Penalty for England! Grealish drifts inside from the left flank and rolls Mount into the left of the box. Garcia pushes Mount in the back and it's an obvious penalty.
68' The England fans are having fun in the absence of any tension on the pitch. Paper planes have been flying around and there's been a green balloon on the pitch for the last 20 minutes.
Aarón Sánchez
66' Andorra make their first change. Sanchez ends his fruitless shift up front. Fernandez - also known as Cucu - replaces him.
Jordi Rubio
Yellow Card
64' Jordi Rubio picks up a yellow card for an ill-timed challenge on Saka. Andorra need to work on their tackling.
63' Saka seems to beat the offside trap to find himself one-on-one with Gomes. Gomes makes himself big to make the block and Alexander-Arnold slices the rebound over. It doesn't matter, as Saka was offside.
H. Kane
P. Bamford
62' Birthday boy Bamford's game is over. Kane replaces him up front as England make their final change.
J. Grealish
R. James
62' Grealish is the next player to come on to a warm reception from the England fans. He replaces James.
M. Mount
J. Bellingham
62' Here come those England changes. Mount is the first player to enter the fray, replacing the hardworking Bellingham.
60' England are thinking of making some changes. Grealish is getting briefed in the technical area.
58' A second England goal doesn't feel too far off. James lays off for Henderson who declines the opportunity to shoot. He rolls the ball wide instead to Alexander-Arnold who crashes a shot against San Nicolas. Seconds later, Bellingham rolls an inviting cross across goal but no one in an England shirt chances their arm to reach it.
56' Henderson wins possession for England and sets his side moving again. The offside flag goes up against Lingard down the left-hand side.
54' England are threatening regularly without really testing Gomes. Bamford nods a header down for Lingard as the midfielder arrives in the box. Lingard receives the ball on the turn and fires over the crossbar.
52' Saka jinks down the right and sends a cross into the box which finds Bamford. Bamford directs it towards goal but it's too tame to beat Gomes.
50' Lingard has a shot from range blocked and Andorra get some respite as Garcia gets brought down by Bellingham in his own half. They haven't been able to venture very far beyond the halfway line yet since play restarted.
48' James hits the woodwork with a fine strike from distance! The Chelsea man dribbles to the edge of the D and goes for the top right corner, only for it to crash against the crossbar. Gomes wouldn't have saved it.
47' England resume their dominance with James and Alexander-Arnold having switched positions. Coady flicks a header on in the box and Bellingham heads wide. Bamford skies his shot with the goal gaping.
45' We're underway again for the second half. It's as you were as far as the line-ups are concerned.
Andorra had just one shot and 12 per cent of the ball in that first half. It's not their fault, of course, but it's hard to see anything other than England picking up steam in the second half. England should start to find more space opening up for them as Andorra start to tire.
England lead Andorra at the break thanks to Lingard's tidy finish. England are playing OK, although they haven't really broken a sweat yet. They haven't had to either, as Andorra are well-organised but can't lay a glove on them. The gulf in skill between the two teams is evident, especially from some of the tackles Andorra have been making.
45' + 3' Alexander-Arnold sweeps the free-kick comfortably over the crossbar. That'll be that for now.
Marc Rebés
Yellow Card
45' + 2' Rebes is the latest Andorra player to get booked for sliding in on Saka just outside the box. Alexander-Arnold is eyeing up the free-kick.
45' There'll be three minutes added onto the end of this first half.
44' Andorra's free-kick isn't the best and it ends up going out for an England throw on the opposite side. England have nullified what little attacking threat Andorra have had so far.
43' Andorra manage to clear the corner. England will rebuild. Clemente wins possession from James and gets fouled by the Chelsea man near the centre circle.
41' Alexander-Arnold fires in a decent cross towards the far post that Bamford can't reach. England stay persistent and eventually force a corner.
39' Gomes punches away Trippier's free-kick from the left. England soon come again though, and James slices an effort over the bar from the right of the box from Bellingham's flick-on.
Marc Vales
Yellow Card
38' Vales is booked for a high challenge on Lingard. That was a rather agricultural tackle. He'll miss Andorra's next match against Hungary.
36' England are upping their game. Bamford tries to bring a pass down but can't get away from Vales who hooks the ball clear. Bellingham kills Alexander-Arnold's cross and checks inside on his right foot, only to lash into the side netting. Bellingham's offside anyway.
34' Vieira goes off for now for some treatment. Meanwhile England have a free-kick. Trippier sends it towards the far post where Bamford keeps it alive. Coady goes for an overhead kick and isn't too far from finding the target.
33' Lingard nutmegs Vieira but finds his path blocked by the Andorra midfielder. The two players end up colliding and Vieira looks to be in some pain.
32' Alexander-Arnold makes a decent run from deep to reach Lingard's high pass from the left. The Liverpool player can't get his feet together to keep the ball in play near the byline.
30' Saka spots Bamford's run towards the far post, floating a pass towards the striker. Bamford stretches a foot out and is inches away from connecting with it. Instead it goes out for an Andorra goal-kick.
29' It's still one-way traffic for England. Henderson, England's captain for the day, disguises a pass so well that it fools its intended recipient Saka and rolls straight through to Gomes.
27' Bamford hasn't totally settled into his role up front just yet as he fouls his man. The Leeds striker has played a few nice passes though and doesn't look out of place at this level.
26' Lingard strays offside again as he keeps a pass in play near the byline. The Manchester United man looks full of confidence and glad to be back in an England shirt.
24' Vales fires wide from a direct free-kick from over 35 yards out. Henderson blazes an ambitious effort over from outside the box.
22' England have had 88 per cent possession so far, just to indicate how dominant the hosts are. Andorra just aren't as good.
20' Lingard thinks he's grabbed his second goal in as many minutes, dinking the ball over Gomes after reaching Bamford's pass. It's a shame that Lingard's offside, meaning the goal is chalked off. That was a beautiful finish.
J. Lingard
18' GOAL! ENGLAND 1-0 ANDORRA! That didn't take long. Andorra commit a mistake in midfield and England pounce with Saka getting loose down the left. Saka dinks a cross into the box and it lands to Lingard who steers it into the far bottom corner.
16' Chance for England! Bellingham reaches the byline and cuts back for Saka who goes for goal from inside the six-yard box. H'is shot bounces just wide of the left-hand post. England fans would surely welcome a Saka goal in particular after his Euro 2020 exploits.
15' Alexander-Arnold is penalised for arriving late on Vieira while going for the ball as it bounces. England will have to be patient.
13' Trippier loops the free-kick over the top to find Lingard. Lingard accidentally handles the ball though and Andorra will get a reprieve for now.
12' England are camping themselves in Andorra's defensive third, probing for shooting opportunities. The hosts win a free-kick in a central position after Vieira rushes into a late challenge.
11' Bamford drops deep and turns to slip Lingard in down the right channel. Andorra's goalkeeper Gomes is alert to the danger and slides off his line to smother the pass.
10' Henderson looks up and pings a direct pass towards Saka who's trying to dart in behind. Garcia, back on the pitch now, backpedals to successfully win the header.
8' Garcia is slow to get to his feet after taking that accidental kick to the shin from Bamford. The Andorra defender leaves the pitch temporarily as play resumes.
6' England are in firm control of this game already although they haven't quite found their rhythm yet. Bamford catches Garcia as the pair challenge for a 50/50 ball.
4' Trippier sends the ball down the left for Saka to chase and the winger is brought down by Jesus Rubio. England go for an inswinging free-kick but it bounces harmlessly out for an Andorra goal-kick.
2' Despite pre-match reports, Andorra look to be playing a 5-4-1 with Sanchez alone up front. England venture forward and Bamford commits a clumsy foul on Vieira on the edge of the box.
1' The game gets underway! England are playing in their traditional white shirts and navy shorts. Andorra are wearing their all-red home colours.
The two teams come out on the pitch at Wembley and sing their respective national anthems. What a moment it is for Bamford on his 28th birthday.
An upset here is highly unlikely. Not only have England have won all four of their international matches against Andorra by an aggregate score of 16-0, but they're also unbeaten in their last 25 home World Cup qualifying matches. Andorra have lost 55 of their last 57 away qualifying matches for the World Cup and Euros and have won just one away game ever in their entire history, a 2017 friendly against San Marino. This will not be the second.
Southgate names a whole different 11 from the side that comfortably dispatched Hungary three days ago. It's a proud moment for 28-year-old Bamford as he makes his senior international debut for his country. There are seven changes to Andorra from their victory over San Marino. One survivor is Vales, who scored both of Andorra's goals in that game. He slots into a back three which will no doubt look more like a back five.
SUBS: Cristian Martinez, Ricard Fernandez, Joan Cervos, Sergio Moreno, Ildefons Lima, Xavier Vieira,Francisco Pires, Victor Bernat, Emili Garcia, Iker, Marc Garcia, Alex Martinez.
ANDORRA (3-5-2): Josep Gomes; Max Llovera, Marc Vales, Christian Garcia; Jesus Rubio, Jordi Rubio, Marc Rebes, Ludovic Clemente, Moises San Nicolas; Marcio Vieira (c), Aaron Sanchez Alburquerque.
SUBS: Harry Maguire, Nick Pope, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Kalvin Phillips, Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice, Mason Mount, Luke Shaw, Harry Kane, Jack Grealish.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Sam Johnstone; Reece James, Conor Coady, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier; Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson (c), Trent Alexander-Arnold; Jesse Lingard, Patrick Bamford, Bukayo Saka.
Andorra picked up their first win in Group I last time out, defeating San Marino 2-0 in what was only the third time they'd ever won a World Cup qualifying match. England are a different prospect though and the Three Lions should win this game comfortably, even if Southgate takes the opportunity to experiment with his side.
Fresh from their 4-0 victory in Hungary a few days ago, England return to Wembley for their first game since defeat in the Euro 2020 final. Gareth Southgate's men retain a 100 per cent record in Group I and won't be too worried about facing minnows Andorra.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I match between England and Andorra at Wembley Stadium.