England and Germany cruise in WCQ


It took just 21 minutes for Jermain Defoe to mark his England return with a goal, Raheem Sterling providing the inspiration down the left before squaring the ball across goal for his team-mate to smartly side-foot home from 10 yards.

The Three Lions would have to wait until the second-half to make sure of the win, with Adam Lallana producing some neat play before feeding the ball to Jamie Vardy, who made no mistake with a low finish past the goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Germany made light work of Azerbaijan as Die Mannschaft cruised to a 4-1 win.

Andre Schurrle got the Germans up and running with the opening goal on 19 minutes, and although Dimitrij Nazarov drew the hosts level after 31 minutes, Germany were back in front just five minutes later through Thomas Muller.

Mario Gomez then opened a two-goal lead just before half-time, while Schurrle grabbed his brace with just nine minutes remaining as Germany made it five wins from five, although Azerbaijan’s goal means that England are now the only team not to have conceded in the qualifiers so far.