England WCQ rout while Italy set record

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Jesse Lingard has returned to the scoresheet for England for the first time in three years with two goals in a 4-0 win over Andorra in a one-sided World Cup qualifier.

The Manchester United attacker opened the scoring in the 18th minute and struck again late on after substitute Harry Kane had finally doubled England's lead with a 72nd-minute penalty.

Bukayo Saka gave a more realistic reflection to England's total domination against the Pyrenees principality when he headed in a fourth goal on his 20th birthday.

England's victory in their first match at Wembley since the heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final in July maintained their 100 per cent record in qualifying for next year's World Cup in Qatar.

They top Group I with 15 points, five clear of Poland, who hammered San Marino 7-1, and six ahead of Albania, who beat Hungary 1-0.

Italy set an international record by extending their unbeaten run to 36 games in a 0-0 draw with Switzerland in their World Cup qualifier in Group C.

However, it could have been even better for the Azzurri had penalty expert Jorginho not missed from the spot again - his 53rd-minute effort saved by Yann Sommer.

The European champions have not lost under coach Robert Mancini for three years now, to pass the 35-game world record shared with Spain (2007-09) and Brazil (1993-96) - although some credit the South American giants with a 36-game run which includes a game against Romania that is not officially recognised.

Italy have 11 points from five games and lead the five-team group by four from the Swiss, who have played two games fewer.

Bulgaria beat Lithuania 1-0 earlier Sunday to trail Italy by six points.

Romelu Lukaku marked his 100th cap with an early goal to set Belgium on their way to an impressive 3-0 win over the Czech Republic that consolidated their top place in Group E.

It was Lukaku's 67th goal for his country and came after eight minutes, followed by a second from captain Eden Hazard four minutes before halftime.

Substitute Alexis Saelemaekers added a third with 25 minutes left to play to underline Belgium's No.1 ranking and extend to 29 games their unbeaten home record.

Winger Serge Gnabry scored two early goals as Germany rediscovered their form in front of goal to hammer Armenia 6-0 and go top of Group J with 12 points from five games.

Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi completed the scoring after coming on a substitute for his international debut while Marco Reus, Timo Werner and Jonas Hofmann also netted.

North Macedonia were held 2-2 by Iceland in Reykjavik while Romania beat Liechtenstein 2-0 to go third in the group with nine points, one behind Armenia.

Spain got back to winning ways as they thrashed Georgia 4-0 in their Group B match.

Jose Gaya, Carlos Soler and Ferran Torres put the hosts in control with three first-half strikes as Spain showed no hangover from a first World Cup qualifying defeat in 28 years last time out against Sweden.

Pablo Sarabia added another after the break as Luis Enrique's side cruised to victory and top spot in the group with 10 points, one ahead of Sweden who have two games in hand.

A stoppage-time goal by Vedat Muriqi snatched Kosovo a 1-1 draw at home to Greece.

with AP

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