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Four nations secure Euro 2020 spots

Four nations secure Euro 2020 spots Photo: TT
Harry Kane of England celebrates scoring the third goal, with Jadon Sancho at Wembley Stadium

England, Czech Republic France and Turkey all booked their spots at the 2020 European Championships on Thursday night.

The Three Lions easily accounted for Montenegro 7-0 with Harry Kane netting another international hat-trick to seal their passage to next year’s tournament which will hosted across 12 European cities.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain maintained his recent scoring form with the opener before Tottenham forward Kane doubled up at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford made it 4-0 within half an hour with the fourth and Kane completed his hat-trick in the 37th minute.

Aleksandar Sofranac’s own goal made it 6-0 in the 66th minute. In-form Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham scored his maiden international goal in the 84th minute to round out the scoring.

England have 18 points from seven games in Group A, with Czech Republic securing second spot in the group and their spot in the final draw.

The Czechs defeated came from behind to defeat Kosovo 2-1 in Plzen, with Ondrej Celustka scoring the winner.

Turkey confirmed they’d be part of next year’s tournament by holding third-placed Iceland to a goalless draw in Group H in Istanbul.

The draw meant the Crescent Stars moved kept their four-point buffer on Iceland with one game to play.

World champions France are top of Group H and qualified for the Euros with a nervy 2-1 win over lowly Moldova.

Les Bleus had to come from behind early, with Raphael Varane equalising in the 35th minute before Olivier Giroud’s 79th minute winner from the spot.

Ben somerford
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