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Terminally ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery led out the England team at Wembley for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Jermain Defoe returned to the England starting line-up alongside "best mate" and massive Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery.

Defoe's replacement Jamie Vardy eventually made the points safe in the 66th minute and Southgate felt the Leicester City man - as well as Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford - gave an edge to England's play during the closing stages that they previously lacked.

She's got the right idea. Lithuania never really cleared and Raheem Sterling did what fans have been urging him to since he burst on to the worldwide scene.

Inspiration only truly arrived in the 66th minute - Lallana producing an instinctive, immaculate touch to lay on Vardy for England's second.

England boss Gareth Southgate admitted he was not entirely satisfied despite England easing past Lithuania 2-0.

Scholes said: "Wayne has been a sensational footballer for England and Manchester United for almost 15 years".

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Alli showcased all of the flair and finesse that has made him so hard to handle in the Premier League this season. "If we are going to be successful, we have got to have that competition for places". If called upon, I have every faith that he'll score goals.

His replacement Jamie Vardy did just that six minutes after his introduction, completing a comfortable World Cup qualifying win that keeps England in control of Group F. Slivka was incredibly offside, but play was allowed to continue, and Stones managed to get back in time and hook the ball off the line.

Probing moves in the final third continued as the game drew to its end, though there was no further action of note with the final whistle blown to signal England's victory.

It took Vardy just five minutes to notch up the second goal.

The finish flew beyond Ernestas Setkus, establishing the striker as England's sixth oldest scorer and rendering the goalkeeper's smart save down at his near-post from the same player moments earlier rather less meaningful.

The black armbands were also a tribute to former England manager Graham Taylor, who died in January at the age of 72.

But the stubbornly unadventurous nature of Lithuania's approach to the game, which made for a soporific match, meant there was little to shout about from an England perspective.

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