England maul North Macedonia 7-0 at Old Trafford to sign off the season in style
England tied off the 2022/23 season in fine fashion by smashing North Macedonia 7-0 in their Euro 2024 qualifier at Old Trafford on Monday evening.
Gareth Southgate‘s side came into the fixture with a 100% record in their Euros qualifying campaign and with England never having lost a game against their opposition and neither of those things changed by ended the night either.
Nevertheless, their performance against the no.65 ranked team who finished level on points in Group C with reigning European champions Italy was more of a mauling than anything, putting North Macedonia to the sword and then some.
While it took the home team around half an hour to open the scoring but once they did the floodgates completely burst and the group leaders were unstoppable.
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With finishes from our very own Marcus Rashford, who was arguably the biggest threat in the opening 45, a first international goal from Man City’s Kalvin Phillips, two from captain Harry Kane (now six in six) and a first-ever career hat-trick from man of the match, Buyako Saka, they showed no mercy whatsoever.
Subjecting the visitors to their heaviest-ever defeat, England finish their season with all 12 points possible from their four Euro 2024 qualifying games thus far, scoring 15 — 11 in the last five days, in fact — and conceding just one in the process, with United stars Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire keeping yet another clean sheet on the night.
While there may have been questions surrounding whether Southgate should have stayed on or called it a day following his third major tournament, he’s still helped this team to a World Cup semi, an oh-so-close Euros final and is still clearly getting a tune out of this crop of players.
You can watch all seven goals from England’s Old Trafford triumph and the rest of the highlights in full down below:
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