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England Cruise To Victory

6 September 2016

Thumping win in crucial qualifier.

England ran out comfortable winners in a crunch qualifying game on Tuesday night, as they beat Norway 6-1 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The Norwegians had started the game the stronger and England were reliant on the goalkeeper prowess of Angus Gunn to keep things level within the first twenty minutes of the game.

Gareth Southgate's men got their noses in front on 29 minutes, as Marcus Rashford seized on the ball, drove towards goal and lifted his shot past the keeper.

He nearly nicked the ball off the goalkeeper shortly afterwards, but it was Nathaniel Chalobah who doubled the England advantage eight minutes before half time.

The free kick was swung into the six yard box and he smashed home from close range to make it 2-0.

Two up at the break, England had a goal disallowed shortly after the restart, but extended their lead on 64 minutes to start a crazy seven minute period.

First, Redmond set up Loftus-Cheek, who pinged one in off the inside of the post to take the score to 3-0.

Two minutes later, it was four, as Rashford again got away and his shot to the far side clipped his opponent and went over the keeper to take the game beyond the Norwegians.

They were given some hope on 68 minutes,  as Zahid headed home, but England quickly made it 5-1 with a penalty after a handball in the box - Rashford lashing home for his hat-trick.

The scoring wasn't over, as England added a sixth late on. Baker met a corner in the box and turned it home for the final strike of the match.

That means England have won their three U21s games at WHCS by a 14-1 scoreline - a happy hunting ground indeed.

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