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England Demolishes North Macedonia 7-0: Bukayo Saka Nets His First Professional Hat-trick

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Bukayo Saka becomes the most youthful player to net a hat-trick for England since Theo Walcott’s feat against Croatia in September 2008

Bukayo Saka made his mark by scoring his career’s inaugural hat-trick as England cruised to their fourth victory in the Euro 2024 qualifiers by handing a crushing defeat to North Macedonia at Old Trafford.

Under Gareth Southgate’s leadership, England is steadily moving towards qualifying for next summer’s tournament in Germany. North Macedonia, though a modest adversary, didn’t hinder England’s striking display of offensive prowess.

The heart of the action was Arsenal’s Saka who fired an impressive treble and left the pitch to a standing ovation after securing the victory.

Despite a slow start against the resolute Macedonian defence, England picked up the pace when team captain Harry Kane scored his 57th international goal. Luke Shaw’s cross found Kane at the far post 29 minutes into the game, opening the floodgates.

Saka scored the second goal nine minutes later from Kyle Walker’s pass, and Marcus Rashford added the third just before half-time, thanks to Jordan Henderson’s selfless play.

The highlight of this one-sided game was Saka’s exquisite control of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long pass, followed by a thunderous left-foot shot high past the North Macedonian goalkeeper, Stole Dimitrievski, just two minutes into the second half.

Saka accomplished his momentous hat-trick after outrunning the defence to receive Kane’s pass, prompting Southgate to introduce a series of substitutions, allowing Kalvin Phillips to tap in a simple goal, making the scoreline 6-0.

With 17 minutes left on the clock, Kane netted his second from a penalty kick after John Stones was fouled, capping off England’s goal fest, resulting in their most significant win since the 10-0 triumph over San Marino in November 2021, and administering North Macedonia’s most severe defeat.

Englands Route to Euro 2024 Appears Unstoppable

England’s journey to the Euro 2024 couldn’t be more promising, with maximum points earned and their toughest match already concluded with a win against Italy in Naples.

Failure to qualify from this group would lead to a serious inquiry for England, but Southgate’s team’s approach has been praiseworthy, putting on an entertaining display of offensive football for a sold-out Old Trafford crowd.

While England may not face a serious challenge until they meet top-tier teams in a major tournament, this doesn’t mean Southgate won’t gain insights from qualifiers, even if the competition seems comfortable.

Southgate’s wealth of attacking options was evident in the goalscorers, emphasizing England’s depth. Manchester City’s Champions League winners, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, joined the action as substitutes while Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid’s young sensation, was absent due to injury.

Though North Macedonia were far outclassed, England executed a near-perfect dismantling of the opposition.

Saka Shines Brightest

With every match, Saka grows into a more refined England footballer, a fact reflected by his teammates’ sheer joy when he netted his third goal.

One of the big bonuses for Southgate is that Saka and Alexander-Arnold appear to be in perfect sync, particularly with the latter’s move into the midfield. They linked up for Saka’s spectacular second goal, a moment of sheer brilliance.

At the final whistle, Saka’s England colleagues presented him with the match ball, a memento for his first hat-trick. Given his talent, it’s likely not to be his last.

Player Ratings

Bukayo Saka led the player ratings with an average of 8.62. Alexander-Arnold followed with 7.87, while Kane, Rashford, Rice, Stones, Henderson, Phillips, Walker, Shaw, Foden, Grealish, Gallagher, Wilson, Pickford, and Maguire received 7.37, 7.29, 7.12, 7.07, 7.06, 6.80, 6.80, 6.64, 6.34, 6.26, 6.10, 6.05, 6.01, and 5.92, respectively.

Match Stats

England dominated the possession with 67% to North Macedonia’s 33%. England took 14 shots with 10 on target, while North Macedonia failed to take any shot. England also had 7 corners and committed 13 fouls, whereas North Macedonia committed 8 fouls and earned no corners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bukayo Saka hat-trick

Who scored the first hat-trick of their career in the match between England and North Macedonia?

Bukayo Saka scored the first hat-trick of his career in this match.

Who is the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England since Theo Walcott?

Bukayo Saka is the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England since Theo Walcott.

Who is the manager of England’s football team?

Gareth Southgate is the current manager of England’s football team.

Where was the match between England and North Macedonia played?

The match was played at Old Trafford.

How many goals did Harry Kane score in the match?

Harry Kane scored two goals in the match against North Macedonia.

What was the final score of the match between England and North Macedonia?

The final score of the match was 7-0 in favor of England.

Who was the best player in the match according to the player ratings?

Bukayo Saka was rated as the best player in the match with an average rating of 8.62.

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SoccerLover67 June 19, 2023 - 10:15 pm

What a beatdown! England really showed their class. North Macedonia had no chance…

FootyGenius June 19, 2023 - 10:16 pm

it’s not just about winning, its how they won… solid display by the lads… looking promising for Euro 2024…

KaneIsKing June 20, 2023 - 12:57 am

Two goals for our captain, Kane! That’s our boy! England’s got this!

NotAFanBut June 20, 2023 - 6:13 am

not much of a footie fan, but got to admit, England played some nice football! those goals were spectacular…

ArsenalFan4Ever June 20, 2023 - 8:39 am

As an Arsenal fan, I am beyond proud of Saka! He’s just getting started. This kid is the future!

ManUtdTillIDie June 20, 2023 - 9:03 am

Old Trafford witnessing yet another masterclass! Saka’s hat trick will go down in history… Brilliant!

FootballFan101 June 20, 2023 - 11:04 am

Whoa, Saka’s on fire! Can’t believe he’s the youngest to score a hat-trick for England since Walcott. What a game!!

ComeOnEngland June 20, 2023 - 4:02 pm

This is it lads! We’re gonna win Euro 2024, I can feel it! Southgate’s army!

DefenseWinsMatches June 20, 2023 - 8:28 pm

Defense was solid, no shots on target for North Macedonia. Good work from Stones and the rest.

ThreeLionsRoar June 20, 2023 - 8:45 pm

Kane and Saka stealing the show! What a duo… Can’t wait to see what’s next.


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