Eddie Nketiah scored an ideal second-half hat-trick – his second in as many worldwide video games – as England Underneath-21s cruised to a thumping 6-Zero European Championship qualifying win in Kosovo on Friday evening.
The Arsenal striker grabbed all three targets in a 10-minute spell early within the second half, sealing his hat-trick from the penalty spot as England took full management on the Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina.
Arsenal team-mate Reiss Nelson struck the Younger Lions’ fourth shortly after stepping off the bench within the 66th minute and Ryan Sessegnon added a fifth.
Jude Bellingham turned England Underneath-21s’ youngest participant when he stepped off the bench within the second interval after which turned their youngest scorer when he lashed dwelling an outstanding sixth aim with two minutes remaining.
Aidy Boothroyd’s facet made it 5 wins from 5 Group Three fixtures of their first match in 10 months, whereas Nketiah’s targets got here through a header and each left-footed and right-footed finishes.
England dominated the primary half when it comes to possession and efforts on aim, however had nothing to indicate for his or her superiority on the interval.
However Nketiah, handed the captain’s armband, put England in entrance six minutes after the restart, heading dwelling Tom Davies’ cross from the best fringe of the penalty space.
Todd Cantwell and Davies mixed to arrange the second aim 4 minutes later, with the latter’s diagonal ball into the field discovering Nketiah, who managed neatly and fired left-footed into the underside nook.
Nketiah’s third got here through the penalty spot, along with his proper foot, after Conor Gallagher had been despatched tumbling within the field.
Nelson slammed dwelling the fourth after good work by Max Aarons and England made it 5-Zero within the 82nd minute as Sessegnon swept dwelling in type from the left fringe of the realm after being arrange by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Borussia Dortmund teenager Bellingham, despatched on as an alternative quickly after England’s third aim, rounded off the scoring within the closing phases with a thumping long-range end.