Jermain Defoe justified his re-call to the England side with a goal against Lithuania on Sunday, with the Three Lions cruising to a 2-0 win against a mediocre opposition.
Defoe has been one bright spot in Sunderland’s dismal Premier League campaign, with the 34-year-old scoring 14 goals for the Black Cats this season.
With Harry Kane injured, Defoe, making his first England appearance since 2013, led the line for the hosts and opened the scoring on 21 minutes, The goal came via a clinical finish after great work from Raheem Sterling.
Lithuania rarely threatened Joe Hart’s goal, instead, opting for an ultra-defensive set-up.
However, just after the hour-mark, the stubborn visitors were broken down again, this time with sub Jamie Vardy netting from close-range after a clever Adam Lallana pass.
The win, at a rather flat Wembley, sees Gareth Southgate’s side four points clear at the top of Group F, with a place in Russia in 2018 well in reach.
However, one wonders if the comparatively weak opposition England face in qualifying tournaments make it more difficult for them to step up against the big boys in the finals.