England have won both of their Euro 2024 qualifiers so far

England maintained their winning start to Euro 2024 qualifying with a comfortable victory over Ukraine at Wembley.

England struggled to build any momentum until record scorer Harry Kane made it 55 international goals when he bundled in Bukayo Saka’s cross at the far post eight minutes before half-time.

The second arrived three minutes later and was all Saka’s own work, the Arsenal winger turning away from his man on the edge of the area and curling a superb effort beyond the reach of Anatoliy Trubin and into the top corner.

Leicester City’s James Maddison made a good impression on his first England start while Brentford’s Ivan Toney won his first cap as a late substitute, captain Kane making way once there was never any serious danger of a Ukrainian comeback.

Saka a special talent

Saka is part of England’s young generation that Southgate hopes will form a key component of their Euro 2024 campaign and the quest to finally claim a major trophy – and what a talent he is.

Saka has been outstanding as Arsenal lead the Premier League table and after a fine World Cup in Qatar he has simply carried on the form he has been showing all season.

He was a constant danger down England’s right flank and the 21-year-old merely confirmed what he is showing on an almost weekly basis, namely that he has a golden future ahead of him.

Saka’s cross unlocked a well-organised Ukraine defence for Kane to pounce and set England on their way before producing a superb piece of individual skill to effectively end the contest.

England’s ideal start

Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate’s side has scored four goals and conceded just one in their two Euro 2024 games so far

England manager Southgate could not have hoped for a better start to these qualifiers as two of arguably their more testing fixtures have resulted in maximum points.

And he will be happy with portions of England’s performances in both games, particularly the first half against Italy in Naples and the manner in which they closed this game out with the minimum of fuss.

England are the favourites to qualify at the top of their group and secure a place at the Euros in Germany, where they will be among those touted as potential winners, and these opening two games have certainly justified that status.

They survived a poor second half in Italy and a drab first half-hour here but the end results certainly count as a job well done.

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  1. Squad number16Player nameGrealish
  2. Squad number18Player nameGallagher
  3. Squad number19Player nameToney


  1. Squad number12Player nameTrubin

  2. Squad number21Player nameKaravaev

  3. Squad number3Player nameSvatok

  4. Squad number22Player nameMatvienko

  5. Squad number16Player nameMykolenko

  6. Squad number6Player nameStepanenko

  7. Squad number17Player nameZinchenko

  8. Squad number8Player nameMalinovskyi

  9. Squad number20Player nameSudakov

  10. Squad number7Player nameMudryk

  11. Squad number9Player nameYaremchuk

  1. Squad number2Player nameSobol

  2. Squad number10Player nameKonoplyanka

  3. Squad number11Player nameDovbyk

  4. Squad number14Player nameBuyalskyi

  5. Squad number15Player nameTsygankov



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 6Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 8Henderson
  • 4Rice
  • 10BellinghamSubstituted forGallagherat 86′minutes
  • 7Saka
  • 9KaneSubstituted forToneyat 81′minutes
  • 11MaddisonSubstituted forGrealishat 86′minutes


  • 12Trippier
  • 13Ramsdale
  • 14Guéhi
  • 15Dier
  • 16Grealish
  • 17Phillips
  • 18Gallagher
  • 19Toney
  • 22Forster


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Trubin
  • 21KaravaevSubstituted forBuyalskyiat 61′minutes
  • 3Svatok
  • 22Matvienko
  • 16MykolenkoSubstituted forSobolat 62′minutes
  • 6StepanenkoSubstituted forKonoplyankaat 90′minutes
  • 17Zinchenko
  • 8MalinovskyiBooked at 69mins
  • 20Sudakov
  • 7MudrykSubstituted forTsygankovat 61′minutes
  • 9YaremchukSubstituted forDovbykat 74′minutes


  • 1Lunin
  • 2Sobol
  • 4Sarapyi
  • 5Sydorchuk
  • 10Konoplyanka
  • 11Dovbyk
  • 13Miroshnichenko
  • 14Buyalskyi
  • 15Tsygankov
  • 18Bondarenko
  • 19Pikhalyonok
  • 23Shevchenko

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