England defeated North Macedonia 7-0 at Old Trafford to win its fourth straight Euro 2024 qualifying match, with Bukayo Saka scoring his maiden career hat-trick in the process. England showed off the impressive variety of attacking weapons they have available despite North Macedonia providing scant competition. Gareth Southgate's team is on track to qualify for the tournament in Germany next summer.
And in the centre of it all was Arsenal's Saka, who scored a spectacular hat trick before leaving the pitch with the victory. When captain Harry Kane scored his 57th goal for England, turning in Luke Shaw's cross at the far post after 29 minutes, the floodgates erupted. England genuinely struggled in the early going against a resolute Macedonian defence.
Nine minutes later, Saka scored again off a ball from Kyle Walker, and on the cusp of halftime, Marcus Rashford added a goal off of selfless effort by Jordan Henderson. Two minutes after halftime, Saka controlled a long ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold and unleashed a tremendous left-foot finish high beyond goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski for the game's highlight.
After sprinting away from Kane's ball to accomplish his historic hat-trick, Southgate made a number of adjustments that allowed substitute Kalvin Phillips, to join in the fun with a straightforward tap-in to make it six. As England went on a scoring spree to register their best win since the 10-0 triumph against San Marino in November 2021 and hand North Macedonia its worst loss when Kane scored his second goal from the penalty spot with 17 minutes remaining.