ROMA – The European Championship 2024 qualification round matchday 1 completed its eight games on Thursday.
In the focused show, England beat Italy 2-1 in the away game, got three points and took a lead in Group C together with North Macedonia.
The Three Lions scored all two goals in the first half from Declan Rice and Harry Kane.
Kane who netted a penalty kick becomes the man of the hour, as he breaks the goals record of team England of all time with 54, one more than Wayne Rooney.
The team captain had only spent eight years to reach this achievement, as his debut goal was on 27th March 2015.
At the age of 29, the Tottenham Hotspur superstar has plenty of chances to update his goal records of both the Premier League club and international matches.
Rooney congratulated England’s best scorer through social media after the match.
England shouting on title next year
With the victory, England proved their strength to fight for their first ever European trophy in the tournament held by Germany in June and July next year.
The runner-up in Euro 2020 not only showed that they are playing better than the home team, but also stood a chance to double kill the defending champion in their second meeting at Wembley Stadium this October.
Italy, who missed the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 last December, is necessary to improve their first team overall, from their defence to midfield and forward which lack great stars to control a game.
CR7 breaks 4 records
In another focused match, Portugal crushed Liechtenstein 4-0 at home, putting themselves in first place of Group J.
The Euro 2016 winner had no difficulty to defeat the world ranking 198 team, netting four goals from Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo again grabbed the spotlight by scoring twice through a penalty kick and a free kick, successfully breaking at least four records.
CR7’s showing last night made him the player with most appearances in international competitions, a total of 197, one ahead of Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa.
He had also updated the goals record of international matches to 120, which kept by himself.
The 38 years old iconic superstar again updated his goals record of a player in career to 830.
Also, he scored a total of 33 goals in the Euro Cup qualification rounds, another best record of the event.
Upcoming: French Vs Netherlands
On Friday, French will meet Netherlands in the first match of Group B.
The home team, who is the top favourite of champion, will play their first game led by their new captain Kylian Mbappe.
The 24 years old superstar will wear the armband after Hugo Lloris announced his retirement from Les Bleus this January.
The runner-up of the World Cup 2022 might face certain difficulty against the Dutch, but they should be able to get a good start if they could maintain their performance in Qatar last year.
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