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Defoe scores on return as England beat Lithuania
March 26, 2017 / 6:04 PM / 8 months ago

Defoe scores on return as England beat Lithuania

LONDON (Reuters) - England striker Jermain Defoe made a scoring return to the international stage and substitute Jamie Vardy added a second goal as the hosts laboured to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in World Cup qualifying Group F on Sunday.

Britain Football Soccer - England v Lithuania - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group F - Wembley Stadium, London, England - 26/3/17 England's Jermain Defoe scores their first goal Reuters / Eddie Keogh Livepic

Defoe, making his first appearance for nearly 3-1/2 years, fired lacklustre England ahead in the 21st minute at Wembley but Gareth Southgate’s team struggled to finish off a Lithuania side who are 93 places lower in the FIFA rankings.

England survived a couple of worrying moments and had to wait until the 66th minute to double their lead when Defoe’s replacement Vardy finished neatly shortly after coming on.

It was hardly an emphatic performance but the result kept England in charge of Group F with 13 points from five games, five more the Slovenia who visit Scotland later on Sunday.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris

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