England squad request Liverpool star Joe Gomez receives gesture from Gareth Southgate

Ross Houston
November 15, 2019

Harry Kane scored a first half hat-trick as England booked their place in the finals of Euro 2020 as group winners with a crushing 7-0 victory over Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. "I felt as though I had to say this, get home safe everyone".

The Three Lions swept Montenegro aside 7-0 with a hat-trick for Harry Kane, one each for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham - his first for his country - and a Aleksandar Sofranac own goal. We're a team and Joe has done nothing wrong.

"This is why we play this sport because of our love for it - me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10 second thing.it's done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it is".

"So, all of the players are particularly disappointed with that, and the reason
that I wanted to get Joe on the pitch tonight was that he's been with us in September and October and we've not got him into the games". We'll make sure we're there for him.

However, the episode between Gomez and Sterling did have an impact on the match, with some fans booing the Liverpool defender when he came on as a late substitute.

"He's got to feel the support of everybody, which he has, completely".

His maiden England goal continued a memorable 2019 for the 22-year-old after winning promotion to the Premier League while on loan with Aston Villa last season and scoring 11 goals in 18 games for Chelsea this term. "The gaffer spoke to me and a few of the other senior players in the team, and that's the decision we came to".

Kane is now sixth in England's all-time goalscoring chart, moving ahead of Vivian Woodward, Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney, and their most prolific as captain.

Left-back Ben Chilwell created the first three goals, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who finished the game in central midfield, the next two.

"Of course he would have been disappointed not too play today, but I'm sure he'll be ready to go and try and get on a pitch on Sunday".

"It is hard to talk about a game like this and the result we had", said Montenegro coach Faruk Hadzilbegic. "The enthusiasm for the game is high and we want to finish the group with as many points as we can". "We've found a way to break them down, which maybe in the past we haven't".

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