England player ratings vs North Macedonia: Hat-trick hero Bukayo Saka drops finishing clinic as Three Lions continue cruise towards Euro 2024 qualification

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Bukayo Saka bagged his first England hat-trick, turning in a star showing as the Three Lions brushed aside a helpless North Macedonia with a 7-0 win.

Harry Kane opened the scoring, firing home from short range after a surging run and cross from Luke Shaw. Two more came in the opening period. First, it was Saka, lashing into the roof of the net after a sweeping move down the right. Marcus Rashford then provided a decisive third right before the break, continuing his strong run of form in an England shirt.

And more came after half-time. The emerging connection between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Saka continued to be productive, with the Arsenal man smashing a looping ball into the top corner for a stunning fourth.

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The rout only continued, with Saka, Kalvin Phillips and Kane all finding the net to complete an emphatic evening, and inflict North Macedonia's heaviest-ever defeat.

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