LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Harry Kane scored a first-half hat-trick as they booked a place in the finals of Euro 2020 with an easy 7-0 victory over Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.
England lead Group A on 18 points with one game remaining and can now look forward to next year’s tournament which will see the semi-finals and final played at Wembley.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for England, playing their 1,000th international game, in the 11th minute before Kane nodded in the second eight minutes later and then made it 3-0 with another header in the 24th.
Montenegro, bottom of the group without a win, were too easily exposed at the back and Marcus Rashford made it 4-0 before Kane wrapped up his hat-trick in the 37th minute.
Mason Mount had a goal disallowed after the break but an own goal by Aleksandar Sofranac made it 6-0 and substitute Tammy Abraham grabbed his first England goal six minutes from time.
(Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Ken Ferris)