Ross Barkley scores as England manage the perfect 10

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Roy Hodgson insists he never doubted his players were capable of winning all 10 of their Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

England completed a perfect qualifying campaign on Monday night when they beat Lithuania 3-0 in Vilnius.

Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found the net while Giedrius Arlauskis scored an own goal in the straightforward win at the LFF Stadium.

Although England's group was perhaps the easiest, their achievement should not be sniffed at.

This is the first time they have qualified for a major tournament with a 100 per cent qualifying record in this format and no other nation went through the qualification campaign without dropping a point.

And after last year's disappointingly early World Cup exit, the achievement of a perfect 10 deserves praise.

The only negative for England was that their fans became embroiled in nasty scuffles with home supporters before kick-off and after Barkley had scored the first goal.

Having bought tickets in the home end, the England fans were mixing with their Lithuanian counterparts and it seemed inevitable there would be trouble.

Riot police were called in to separate the fans - some of whom sang anti-IRA songs.

The Football Association, which has been warned by FIFA about the chants before, will be hoping the skirmishes do not overshadow the impressive achievement of Hodgson and his players.

Hodgson has been loath to praise Barkley too much since he called the 21-year-old into the England fold for the first time, but the England manager had some encouraging words of praise for the midfielder after his display in the Baltic nation.

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Igoris Pankratjevas did not hang around to give his verdict on the match.

The Lithuania coach walked out of the press conference room after giving a brief resignation speech.