Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored late on as England Under 21s won their Euro 2015 qualifier in Lithuania 1-0.

Kane, 21, headed in nine minutes from time as Gareth Southgate's side - who had already secured top spot in Group One - retained their unbeaten record.

It appeared England might be frustrated when winger Nathan Redmond hit the bar and had a shot cleared off the line.

But Kane, a 64th minute substitute, nodded in James Ward-Prowse's inch-perfect cross to seal victory.

Gareth Southgate's Young Lions were without injured Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier  and struggled to create chances in an evenly matched first half in Kaunas.

Hull's Tom Ince and Burnley's on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nat Chalobah flashed shots wide, while Southampton teenager Ward-Prowse also missed the target.

At the other end Chalobah had to be alert to block a goalbound shot as Lithuania - who went into the game fifth in the six-team group with five defeats in eight games - threatened to go ahead.

After a half-time talk from Southgate, England stepped up a gear and began to dominate.

Nathan Redmond

Norwich winger Redmond twice went close in England under 21s win in Lithuania

Redmond twice came close to opening the scoring, while Ince and West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who scored twice in the reverse fixture that England won 5-0, also missed opportunities.

However, Kane - who scored a hat-trick in a 9-0 victory over San Marino earlier in the qualifying campaign - grabbed the decisive goal.

Southgate's team have won eight and drawn one of their nine Group One games as they seek to reach the finals in the Czech Republic between 17 and 30 June 2015.

England's final qualifier is in Moldova on Tuesday, 9 September.

There are 10 qualifying groups with each winner advancing to the play-offs along with the best four runners-up.

The draw for the play-offs  takes place on 12 September.

England: Butland (c), Keane, Garbutt, Gibson (Kane 64), Moore, Chalobah, Ward-Prowse, Carroll, Ince (Hughes 79), Berahino, Redmond (Pritchard 79). Subs: Blackett, Bond (GK), , Forster-Caskey, Lascelles.

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate

England under 21 boss Gareth Southgate has overseen eight wins in nine group games

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Lithuania U21

  • 01 Svedkauskas
  • 23 Baravykas
  • 15 Janusevskis
  • 06 Snapkauskas
  • 08 Bagdanavicius
  • 16 Birskys (Grigaravicius - 80' Booked )
  • 20 Norvilas
  • 11 Verbickas (Dapkus - 75' )
  • 18 Baranauskas (Tamulevicius - 84' )
  • 07 Veliulis
  • 19 Baranauskas

Substitutes

  • 05 Grigaravicius
  • 13 Tamulevicius
  • 21 Dapkus

England U21

  • 01 Butland
  • 02 Keane
  • 05 Moore
  • 06 Gibson (Kane - 64' )
  • 03 Garbutt
  • 04 Chalobah Booked
  • 08 Ward-Prowse Booked
  • 10 Carroll
  • 07 Ince (Hughes - 80' )
  • 09 Berahino
  • 11 Redmond (Pritchard - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Hughes
  • 16 Pritchard
  • 17 Kane

Match Stats

Shots

9 17

On target

1 8

Corners

4 7

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Lithuania U21 0, England U21 1.

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Lithuania U21 0, England U21 1.

90:00 +3:02

Foul by Tom Carroll (England U21).

90:00 +3:02

Dovydas Norvilas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:44

Foul by Will Hughes (England U21).

90:00 +2:44

Dovydas Norvilas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:13

Attempt missed. Edvardas Tamulevicius (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +0:43

Offside, England U21. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

89:55

Offside, Lithuania U21. Mindaugas Grigaravicius tries a through ball, but Lukas Baranauskas is caught offside.

88:15

Will Hughes (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:15

Foul by Mindaugas Grigaravicius (Lithuania U21).

87:49 Booking

Booking Mindaugas Grigaravicius (Lithuania U21) is shown the yellow card.

87:04

Offside, Lithuania U21. Tomas Svedkauskas tries a through ball, but Edvardas Tamulevicius is caught offside.

85:08

Corner, Lithuania U21. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

83:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lithuania U21. Edvardas Tamulevicius replaces Edgaras Baranauskas.

82:23

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

79:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lithuania U21 0, England U21 1. Harry Kane (England U21) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

79:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England U21. Will Hughes replaces Tom Ince.

79:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England U21. Alex Pritchard replaces Nathan Redmond.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lithuania U21. Mindaugas Grigaravicius replaces Tomas Birskys.

78:16

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Justinas Janusevskis.

74:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lithuania U21. Martynas Dapkus replaces Ovidijus Verbickas.

74:29

Foul by Liam Moore (England U21).

74:29

Lukas Baranauskas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:42

Saido Berahino (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:42

Foul by Rolandas Baravykas (Lithuania U21).

73:17 Booking

Booking James Ward-Prowse (England U21) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:10

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

73:10

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

71:51

Tom Carroll (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:51

Foul by Edgaras Baranauskas (Lithuania U21).

67:30

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (England U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Saido Berahino with a through ball.

66:16

Attempt missed. Ernestas Veliulis (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dovydas Norvilas.

65:57

Nathan Redmond (England U21) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass.

64:52

Offside, England U21. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

64:25

Corner, Lithuania U21. Conceded by Harry Kane.

63:48

Corner, Lithuania U21. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.

63:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, England U21. Harry Kane replaces Ben Gibson.

62:34

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (England U21) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

61:57

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (England U21) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

60:48

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Vilmantas Bagdanavicius.

60:00

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Rolandas Baravykas.

57:54

Attempt missed. Lukas Baranauskas (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Birskys.

56:05 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) is shown the yellow card.

55:49

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (England U21) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

55:20

Attempt saved. Liam Moore (England U21) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

54:54

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Tomas Snapkauskas.

54:52

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (England U21) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll with a through ball.

53:50

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

53:50

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

53:22

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

53:22

Foul by Vilmantas Bagdanavicius (Lithuania U21).

52:29

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Tomas Svedkauskas.

52:28

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (England U21) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Carroll with a through ball.

51:14

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt.

50:57

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (England U21) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt.

49:34

Foul by Tom Ince (England U21).

49:34

Vilmantas Bagdanavicius (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:22

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (England U21).

47:22

Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Lithuania U21 0, England U21 0.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

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

44:52

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

44:52

Foul by Vilmantas Bagdanavicius (Lithuania U21).

43:58

Corner, Lithuania U21. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.

43:55

Attempt blocked. Edgaras Baranauskas (Lithuania U21) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Dovydas Norvilas.

39:20

Liam Moore (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:20

Foul by Lukas Baranauskas (Lithuania U21).

37:56

Attempt blocked. Lukas Baranauskas (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

37:10

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

35:46

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21).

35:46

Lukas Baranauskas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:46

Offside, Lithuania U21. Rolandas Baravykas tries a through ball, but Lukas Baranauskas is caught offside.

33:02

Offside, England U21. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Michael Keane is caught offside.

32:59

Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

32:17

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Tomas Birskys.

30:23

Attempt saved. Ernestas Veliulis (Lithuania U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lukas Baranauskas.

29:20

James Ward-Prowse (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:20

Foul by Rolandas Baravykas (Lithuania U21).

22:45

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

22:45

Foul by Rolandas Baravykas (Lithuania U21).

22:12

Offside, England U21. Michael Keane tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

20:22

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Keane.

18:59

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

18:59

Dovydas Norvilas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:21

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (England U21) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

14:01

Corner, England U21. Conceded by Tomas Svedkauskas.

13:59

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (England U21) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

12:41

Attempt missed. Tomas Birskys (Lithuania U21) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lukas Baranauskas.

12:12

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

4:39

Foul by Nathan Redmond (England U21).

4:39

Dovydas Norvilas (Lithuania U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:54

Attempt missed. Edgaras Baranauskas (Lithuania U21) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

1:53

Offside, England U21. Tom Carroll tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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