Match report: England 2 Estonia 0

Theo Walcott watches on as his shot flies beyond Mihkel Aksalu to give England the lead over Estonia
Theo Walcott watches on as his shot flies beyond Mihkel Aksalu to give England the lead over Estonia

Sheffield-born Jamie Vardy made a big impact off the bench as England eased past Estonia at Wembley.

The dead rubber clash delivered a predictable lack of action but Roy Hodgson’s side continued their 100 per cent record in qualifying thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling.

Captain Gary Cahill celebrates with Raheem Sterling, who doubled England's lead

Captain Gary Cahill celebrates with Raheem Sterling, who doubled England's lead

Vardy caused problems for the visitors when introduced for the final seven minutes.

The 28-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday trainee set up Sterling with an unselfish cut back for the Manchester City forward to slot home.

Dronfield’s Gary Cahill captained England in the absence of injury-hit Wayne Rooney.

Walcott scored his seventh goal of the season despite being switched from his favoured central role with Arsenal to play out wide.

For the most part, England could not puncture an organised and hard-working Estonian team, who stand 87th - below Iraq and Guatemala - in the FIFA rankings.

However, there were flashes of brilliance, mainly from the electric feet of Barkley.

The Everton midfielder was frustrating to watch at times. Roy Hodgson complained he gave the ball away too much for the national side last year and he did so on a few occasions on Friday.

But when he charged at the Estonian defence, he looked like a young Rooney did in his pomp and he deservedly won the man of the match award.

England will come up against tougher opposition than this - and the Lithuanian side they will play in their final Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday - but they now have nine wins from nine matches and no one can complain about that.

If they beat Lithuania in Vilnius, they will become the sixth side in history to qualify for the European Championship with a pristine qualifying record.

Rooney, out with an ankle injury, received a huge round of applause when he collected a golden boot from Sir Bobby Charlton before kick-off for breaking his scoring record.

After the pair retreated to the stands, the cheers gave way to silence as a dull opening half ensued.

Walcott volleyed at Mihkel Aksalu and Barkley fluffed two chances to beat the Estonia goalkeeper.

A brief moment of alarm was caused in the home defence when Taijo Teniste gained space in the box, but Chris Smalling blocked his shot.

England were dominating possession but there was little excitement. Those who popped off early for their half-time pie missed the breakthrough, however.

Just when it looked like the Estonians had managed to hold out for the first half, Barkley sliced open the visitors’ defence to find Walcott, who took one touch before rolling the ball past Aksalu.

Barkley brought the home fans to the edge of their seats with a 40-yard sprint but he was dispossessed when he had options at either side of him.

The midfielder redeemed himself somewhat moments later when he drifted in from the right flank past two Estonians and unleashed a powerful left-foot drive that whistled by Aksalu’s far post.

Barkley landed his next shot - another high drive - on goal but the Estonian stopper scrambled to his right and tipped it over the bar.

Hodgson brought Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Vardy on to inject some life into the game and it was the Leicester forward who helped put the win beyond doubt five minutes from time.

Vardy latched on to Kane’s flick-on from a long punt up field from Joe Hart and he squared for Sterling, who had the simplest of finishes.

The teams

England: Hart, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Milner, Barkley (Alli 88), Walcott (Vardy 83), Lallana (Oxlade-Chamberlain 73), Sterling, Kane. Subs not used: Walker, Butland, Jones, Jagielka, Townsend, Shelvey, Gibbs, Heaton.

estonia: Aksalu, Teniste, Jaager, Klaven, Pikk, Mets, Dmitrijev (Lindpere 70), Kallaste (Luts 88), Vassiljev, Zenjov, Purje (Puri 70). Subs not used: Barengrub, Jurgenson, Gussev, Teever, Meerits, Antonov, Kams, Baranov, Londak.

Referee: Istvan Vad (Hungary)

Attendance: 75,427