England have shown that their appearance at the Euro 2020 final is no fluke with their flawless perfomance in the qualifiers ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. The 1966 World Cup winners came close to winning Euro 2020 earlier this summer before they were stopped by Italy. The Italians triumphed on penalties after a 1-1 draw in both regulation time and extra time.
England showed that their current form is here to stay after recording two emphatic victories in Group I of the European qualifiers for Qatar 2022 thereby taking their record to five wins in a row from the start of the qualifying campaign in March.
England began their qualifying campaign with a dominant 5-0 win at home to San Marino before a 2-0 away victory over Albania. Their third game was a close one as they needed a late goal from Manchester United defender Harry Maguire to beat Poland 2-1 at home. They finished the qualifiers in March with three wins from three games.
The qualifying campaign for England resumed this month and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount was in the starting line-up as England thrashed Hungary 4-0 in front of their fans with all the four goals coming in the second half. Chelsea player Mount was influential in the England midfield on the way to the big win. The victory over the Hungarians ensured that England opened a five-point lead at the top of their group.
England then thumped Andorra 4-0 at home to make it an unblemished record of five wins in the qualifiers. Chelsea star Mount was one of numerous first team players who got a deserved rest from manager Gareth Southgate after their exertions in Hungary. The Chelsea playmaker later came off the bench to win the penalty converted by skipper Harry Kane in the second half for the second England goal. Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard was responsible for both the first and third England goals, while the header from Arsenal player Bukayo Saka wrapped up the big win for England.