England cruised to a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifier, with goals from Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka just minutes apart. The English side maintained control for the entire 90 minutes, unlike their previous match against Italy, and Gareth Southgate will be pleased with their performance. With their next qualifiers in June, the team will return full of vigour and determined to secure their place in Germany next summer. Read on for Sportsmail’s Dominic King’s ratings and verdict of England’s victory.
Defender John Stones was the commanding figure in the back four as he cruised through proceedings, while midfielder Jordan Henderson set the tone for the display with relentless pressing and intelligent passing. Bukayo Saka, who scored a beautiful goal, was a joy to watch and Harry Kane’s hunger to add to his tally was insatiable. The Ukrainian side, though obdurate, struggled to impose themselves on the game, and Chelsea’s Mykhailo Mudryk appeared to have some way to go in his development.
Overall, Gareth Southgate will be extremely content with a professional job well done, resulting in another three points on the way to qualification. The match, played in front of 83,947 fans at Wembley, was refereed by Serdar Gozubuyuk, with Malinovskyi booked for Ukraine.
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