Bukayo Saka Reacts To Scoring First-Ever HAT-TRICK As England Trash North Macedonia 7-0 In Euro 2024 Qualifiers.

Bukayo Saka scores his first-ever career hat-trick on Monday evening as England maintain their flawless start to the European Championship qualification process with a 7-0 rout over North Macedonia.

The Arsenal star scored three sensational goals, as a rampant The Lions side battered a helpless North Macedonia to continue their perfect start to Euro 2024 qualifying.

The Three Lions took to the Old Trafford pitch for the time since 2007 to face off with the European minnows who came into this tie off the back of a thrilling 3-2 defeat by Ukraine last time out.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane opened the goal fest in the 29th minute, firing home from short range after a surging run and cross from Man United left-back Luke Shaw.

It was his sixth consecutive international goal, to stretch his lead as England's all-time record goalscorer.

Arsenal star then doubled the Three Lions lead, as Saka scored his first of the hattrick after 38 minutes by smashing the ball into the away side’s net from a narrow angle on his weaker right foot.

Marcus Rashford then provided a decisive third at his home ground right before the break (45 mins). He continued his strong run of form in an England shirt, by tapping home Jordan Henderson's cross for his 21st goal at Old Trafford this season to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Saka then completed his hat-trick in the second half. The winger’s second goal was the best of the bunch as he and Trent Alexander-Arnold displayed his wonderful vision with a pinpoint pass over the top of the Macedonian defence for Saka to produce a world-class moment by smashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner in the 47th minute, to make it 4-0 for England.

Gareth Southgate had followed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's lead in pushing Alexander-Arnold forward into a midfield role rather than starting at right-back, with the number 10 on his back, and has yielded positive result so far.

Four minutes later, Saka then completed his first career hat-trick as this time Kane's precise pass opened the visitors up to add a fifth goal for the Three Lions, putting the result beyond any doubt.

The 21-year-old, earned a standing ovation from the adoring home crowd inside Old Trafford.

Saka becomes the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England since Theo Walcott, against Croatia in 2008.

Nevertheless, England continued the rout, with substitute Kalvin Phillips who was introduced as one of the four changes had an easy task of tapping into an empty net when Jack Grealish's cross was deflected into his path in the 64th minutes, making it 6-0.

Newcastle forward Callum Wilson was waiting on the touchline ready to replace Kane when John Stones was brought down in the box for a penalty 17 minutes from time.

The England captain who opened the emphatic scoring, also ended it all. Kane made sure of scoring his 58th international goal before departing as he blasted the spot-kick high past a helpless Dimitrievski, and inflict North Macedonia's heaviest-ever defeat.

"I will probably frame the match ball but I'll probably hold it in my arms for a few days first," Saka told reporters after a stellar display which manager Gareth Southgate says will "live with Saka forever".

"It's a special night, a big win and to score a first hat-trick is really special," continued Saka, who had registered eight goals in 27 England appearances before Monday night's game.

"I don't remember the last time I scored three, even at junior levels. It's a decent scoring record but there is always room for improvement."

The Three Lions are already well on their way to Germany next summer and on this evidence are the side to beat in 12 months' time.

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