(Football news) Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka helped England get a comfortable 2-0 win over Ukraine in Group C of their Euro 2024 qualifiers at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s team have comfortably won back-to-back games to begin their qualification campaign for the next European Championships. The pair of matches came after being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Harry Kane scored the first goal with a well-taken volley from six-yards as the ball went through the legs of Anatoliy Trubin. The goal was Kane’s 55th goal for England, it came after he broke the country’s all-time scoring record which was previously held by Wayne Rooney. Saka doubled England’s lead just three minutes later with a wonderful curling strike from the edge of the box into the top corner.
Ukraine in the second half had their moments but never really looked capable of claiming a second victory over England in 10 attempts. Gareth Southgate handed an international debut to Brentford forward Ivan Toney who came on 10 minutes from the end as a substitute for Kane. Ukraine will be relieved to have got their toughest fixture out of the way as they look to aim for the second spot in this tough group.
There was plenty of sympathy and support for Ukraine around Wembley Stadium as more than 1,000 ticket sales were donated to refugees and their families as the country’s anthem was warmly-applauded by the English. Ukraine’s fans stayed until the end of the match and gave their team a standing ovation in a corner which was a sea of yellow and blue. Their next game will be against North Macedonia while England are away to Malta next.