Kane fairytale shows no signs of ending after dream England debut

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COMMENT: The Tottenham striker's sensational season continued as he scored just 80 seconds in to his Three Lions debut in Friday night's 4-0 win over Lithuania

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By Greg Stobart at Wembley Stadium

The whole build-up to this game was dominated by one man - and Harry was in a hurry to make an impression on his England debut.

It took just 80 seconds for Harry Kane to show he is able to reproduce his golden touch at club level with the national team.

As he celebrated scoring with just his third touch for the Three Lions, the Tottenham striker raised his eyes to the sky as if to thank a divine force for the fairytale season he never wants to end.

Will it ever end? Kane sometimes looks like the most unlikely footballer with his ungainly style, yet he is the most lethal striker in English football.

He came on here in the 71st minute, admittedly against a lagging Lithuania side, to enormous cheers from the home crowd. He was the star attraction before he had even kicked a ball for his country,

By the 73rd minute, the No.18 was an England goalscorer, their fourth of the night as Roy Hodgson’s side continued their formidable march towards a place at Euro 2016.

Raheem Sterling stood up a cross to the far post and Kane, as he has so often this season, escaped from the Lithuania defenders to head in via a despairing effort from the goalkeeper.

On the back of 29 goals for Tottenham this season, Kane was now a goalscorer for England. The stadium erupted, mouths open and faces aghast that this kid from Chingford can continue to make such an impact.



Thereafter, the Spurs man looked every inch an international player with his now-familiar workrate, his quick passing and desire to get on the ball.

While Kane will be the focus of the post-match talk as much as he was in the lead-up, Hodgson was vindicated in his decision to resist calls for the 21-year-old to walk straight into the team.

Hodgson stayed loyal to the players that have led England’s revival since their miserable World Cup exit as they recorded a seventh win in seven matches since Brazil.

The hosts, in front of an almost full Wembley crowd, played vibrant attacking football from the outset with their 4-3-3 formation adding width to their high tempo and quick passing.

While Kane had to settle for a place on the substitutes bench, he watched on as all three of Hodgson’s starting forwards found the net to put the result beyond doubt.

First Wayne Rooney pounced with a header from close range for his 47th international goal as he closes in on Sir Bobby Charlton’s national team record. The captain has now scored seven goals in his last seven games for England and remains the focal point of the team, notwithstanding Kane’s emergence.

The opener came from a powerful run and shot from man-of-the-match Danny Welbeck, who himself scored a deserved second with a deflected header before half-time.

Welbeck is top scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifiers with six goals in five matches and his pace and trickery tormented the visitors’ defence throughout the evening here.

And Sterling scored his first England goal, steering in close close range after a fine low cross from Rooney before providing for Kane.

It was everything Hodgson would have asked for from his three forwards and created the perfect platform for Kane to put the cherry on the cake.

In a game that felt like a foregone confusion from virtually the first minute, there was still an element of tension as Kane waited several minutes on the touchline before eventually joining the game as a substitute.

But before anyone had time to ask questions of Kane's ability to deal with the pressure of an expectant nation, he had already delivered his answer.

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