England Under-21s thrashed Lithuania to move top of their 2015 European Championship qualifying group.

Ravel Morrison finished Wilfried Zaha's cross from close range for the opener, with James Ward-Prowse getting the second direct from a 20-yard free-kick.

Saido Berahino curled a third from the edge of the box, with Morrison's individual run bringing a fourth.

Under-21 Group One table

Team P W D L GD PTS

1. England

4

3

1

0

10

10

2. Wales

6

3

1

2

2

10

3. Finland

5

2

2

1

4

8

4. Moldova

5

2

1

2

2

7

5. Lithuania

6

2

1

3

-6

7

6. San Marino

6

1

0

5

-12

3

Correct as of 15 October, 2013

Berahino completed the scoring from the penalty spot as England moved above Wales on goal difference. 

Gareth Southgate's side began the day third in Group One, but climbed above Finland, who lost 1-0 in Moldova, and Wales, who beat San Marino 4-0.

Level on 10 points with Wales, England have played two fewer games and are next in action when Finland are welcomed to Stadium MK on 14 November.

In order to qualify for the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic, England must top the group and then win a two-legged play-off.

They moved to the summit with a dominant performance at Portman Road against a Lithuania side that did not pose a threat.

Zaha and Thomas Ince impressed in wide positions, but it was the performance of Morrison that stood out, the West Ham man full of creativity in a position just behind lone striker Berahino.

Morrison gave England the lead inside two minutes, his mis-hit shot finding the back of the net after Zaha had jinked his way down the left.

Ravel Morrison scores cheeky chip

England doubled their advantage through Ward-Prowse's powerful free-kick after Morrison was fouled, but a 2-0 lead at the half-time was scant reward for the hosts' dominance of possession and territory.

The one-way traffic continued after the break, Berahino having a header saved from Ince's cross, the Blackpool winger then firing past the far post from the right edge of the box.

England eventually extended their lead when Berahino, played through by Zaha, classily finished from the left of the box before Morrison produced the highlight of the evening.

Collecting the ball just inside the Lithuania half, he saw off two defenders, rounded the goalkeeper and rolled home from the six-yard box before Berahino completed the rout from the spot after Jack Robinson was fouled in the box.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

England U21

  • 01 Butland
  • 02 Stones
  • 05 Chalobah
  • 06 Keane
  • 03 Robinson
  • 08 Ward-Prowse
  • 04 Carroll (Jenkinson - 16' )
  • 07 Ince (Redmond - 76' )
  • 10 Morrison
  • 11 Zaha
  • 09 Berahino (Powell - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Jenkinson
  • 13 Bond
  • 14 Dier
  • 15 Lingard
  • 16 Redmond
  • 17 Powell
  • 18 Kane

Lithuania U21

  • 01 Lidakevicius
  • 19 Beneta
  • 14 Girdvainis
  • 23 Zarskis Booked
  • 06 Gunevic Booked
  • 05 Zukauskas
  • 09 Ribokas (Snapkauskas - 86' )
  • 20 Norvilas (Verbickas - 68' )
  • 02 Kiselevskis
  • 17 Birskys Booked
  • 18 Spalvis (Laukzemis - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Artimavicius
  • 08 Laukzemis
  • 11 Verbickas
  • 12 Svedkauskas
  • 15 Snapkauskas
  • 16 Sendzikas
  • 21 Dapkus

Match Stats

Shots

21 3

On target

13 1

Corners

9 1

Fouls

5 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, England U21 5, Lithuania U21 0.

90:00 +2:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, England U21 5, Lithuania U21 0.

90:00 +0:23

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

90:00 +0:23

Tomas Snapkauskas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:04

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

88:03

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson.

85:52

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

85:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lithuania U21. Tomas Snapkauskas replaces Arnas Ribokas.

84:43

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha following a corner.

84:29

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Markas Beneta.

83:45

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

83:03

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Daniel Gunevic.

81:07

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

81:07

Povilas Kiselevskis (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:19

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson with a cross.

78:45

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

78:05

Nick Powell (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:05

Foul by Edvinas Girdvainis (Lithuania U21).

77:29

Attempt missed. John Stones (England U21) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a set piece situation.

76:51 Booking

Booking Daniel Gunevic (Lithuania U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:41

Ravel Morrison (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:41

Foul by Daniel Gunevic (Lithuania U21).

76:21

John Stones (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:21

Foul by Povilas Kiselevskis (Lithuania U21).

75:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England U21. Nathan Redmond replaces Thomas Ince.

75:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England U21. Nick Powell replaces Saido Berahino.

75:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England U21 5, Lithuania U21 0. Saido Berahino (England U21) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

74:27 Booking

Booking Edgaras Zarskis (Lithuania U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:19

Penalty England U21. Jack Robinson draws a foul in the penalty area.

74:19

Penalty conceded by Edgaras Zarskis (Lithuania U21) after a foul in the penalty area.

73:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lithuania U21. Karolis Laukzemis replaces Lukas Spalvis.

72:34

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson.

70:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England U21 4, Lithuania U21 0. Ravel Morrison (England U21) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

67:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lithuania U21. Ovidijus Verbickas replaces Dovydas Norvilas.

66:56

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

66:56

Povilas Kiselevskis (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:22

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Lukas Lidakevicius.

66:21

Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

65:29

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (England U21) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Butland.

65:11

Attempt saved. Povilas Kiselevskis (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Gunevic.

62:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England U21 3, Lithuania U21 0. Saido Berahino (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

60:46

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson.

57:40

Attempt missed. Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gerardas Zukauskas.

56:49

Corner, Lithuania U21. Conceded by John Stones.

55:18 Booking

Booking Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21) is shown the yellow card.

55:11

Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:11

Foul by Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21).

54:16

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Edvinas Girdvainis.

53:36

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Edvinas Girdvainis.

52:35

Thomas Ince (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:35

Foul by Daniel Gunevic (Lithuania U21).

51:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:57

Delay in match Markas Beneta (Lithuania U21) because of an injury.

49:18

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Edvinas Girdvainis.

49:16

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

48:45

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Edgaras Zarskis.

45:00

Second Half begins England U21 2, Lithuania U21 0.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, England U21 2, Lithuania U21 0.

44:55

Attempt saved. Jack Robinson (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

43:56

Ravel Morrison (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:56

Foul by Gerardas Zukauskas (Lithuania U21).

42:29

Offside, Lithuania U21. Povilas Kiselevskis tries a through ball, but Arnas Ribokas is caught offside.

41:07

Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:07

Foul by Gerardas Zukauskas (Lithuania U21).

38:01

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Edvinas Girdvainis.

36:41

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Edgaras Zarskis.

34:14

Thomas Ince (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:14

Foul by Daniel Gunevic (Lithuania U21).

30:27

Offside, England U21. Thomas Ince tries a through ball, but Nathaniel Chalobah is caught offside.

30:03

Thomas Ince (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:03

Foul by Daniel Gunevic (Lithuania U21).

27:56

Offside, England U21. Thomas Ince tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

26:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England U21 2, Lithuania U21 0. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

25:44

Ravel Morrison (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:44

Foul by Povilas Kiselevskis (Lithuania U21).

25:07

Attempt missed. Arnas Ribokas (Lithuania U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Povilas Kiselevskis.

23:35

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

21:39

Thomas Ince (England U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:39

Foul by Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21).

19:50

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

16:53

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (England U21).

16:53

Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England U21. Carl Jenkinson replaces Thomas Carroll because of an injury.

7:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:23

Delay in match Thomas Carroll (England U21) because of an injury.

5:51

Thomas Carroll (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:51

Foul by Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21).

3:32

Offside, England U21. Thomas Carroll tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.

2:55

Foul by John Stones (England U21).

2:55

Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! England U21 1, Lithuania U21 0. Ravel Morrison (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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