1,000th game… a rare treat

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With limited-edition England and Montenegro cupcakes, a half-time parade of past stars, souvenirs to mark the occasion and a feast of goals, the Three Lions’ 1,000th match will live long in the memory.

It also marked the emergence, as squad regulars, of some of Chelsea’s young stars – a trend that seems set to continue in the next few years.

One of the unsung stars of the night, however, was Jordan Pickford in the England goal.

With so many players having a great evening in a free-scoring 7-0 game, it’s easy to forget the hard work of the crew at the back, notably the keeper, who made a few decent saves as Montenegro occasionally burst through on the counter.

1,000 matches! Wembley will rarely see one as comprehensive and assured as this balanced, rapid, pacy performance by the national side.

Well worth 1,000 cupcakes.

And then there was that man Harry Kane, the first-half hat-trick hero, now up to fifth in England’s all-time scoring table.