England reached double digits for the first time since 1964, as they secured qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with embarrassing ease in San Marino.
Harry Kane also racked up records by scoring four in the first half to equal Gary Lineker for 48 England goals, in addition to setting a new record of 13 for his country in a calendar year while following his hat-trick in the 5-0 victory against Albania.
Kane became the fourth player to score a hat-trick in consecutive England games after Vivian Woodward, Dixie Dean and Tommy Taylor, and the first to score four since Ian Wright, also against San Marino in 1993.
An early header from Harry Maguire put England on track and Bukayo Saka’s shot was deflected towards Filippo Fabri before Kane took center stage with two penalties and a signature pair of shots from the box.
England continued to punish San Marino after the break with Emile Smith Rowe and Tyrone Mings scoring their first international goals with a clean shot and an angled header respectively.
The win continued with goals from substitute Tammy Abraham and Saka as England scored 10 for the first time since defeating the United States 10-0 in New York City in May 1964, and the first time in a competitive match.
The scoreboard again raises questions about the value of matches like this.
San Marino is ranked 210 out of 210 in the FIFA rankings and the only advantage for their players may be that they can say that they shared a field with star names like Kane, because otherwise this was simply an exercise in humiliation. for a country that has won only one match out of 186.
It was a good night for Kane, who made no mistake with handball penalties against Dante Rossi, who was later sent off for two yellow cards, and Alessandro D’Addario. He dragged down a shot, but showed good footwork in another, though he was helped by the hapless San Marino defense.
Smith Rowe made a good impression in his first start in England and deserved his goal, while Conor Gallagher, so impressive on loan at Chelsea’s Crystal Palace, also made his first international match.
England’s only obstacle was a slightly treacherous surface which meant that one of the other objectives of the night was to ensure that all of their players escaped unscathed to return to their clubs.
For England, this was a very comfortable working case. Now Southgate can start all the planning in earnest for next year’s World Cup as he tries to improve to reach the semi-final in Russia in 2018.
- 22BattistiniBooked in 54 minutes
- sixteenFabbriReplaced forWith youto 81 ‘minutes
- 6RossiReserved at 68 minutes
- 7TomassiniReserved at 16 minutesReplaced forVitaiolito Four. Five ‘minutes
- 5LunadeiReplaced forGrandonito 74 ‘minutes
- 2D’AddarioReserved at 38 minutesReplaced forCensonito Four. Five ‘minutes
- twentyHirschReplaced forGolinuccito Four. Five ‘minutes
- fifteenWith you
- 4MaguireReplaced forChilwellto Four. Five ‘minutes
- 7PhillipsReplaced forGallagherto Four. Five ‘minutes
- 10FodenReplaced forAbrahamto Four. Five ‘minutesReserved at 73 minutes
- 9KaneReplaced forJamesto 63 ‘minutes
- elevenSmith roweReplaced forStonesto 73 ‘minutes
End of the match, San Marino 0, England 10.
Second half ends, San Marino 0, England 10.
Jude Bellingham (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Enrico Golinucci (San Marino).
Foul by John Stones (England).
Nicola Nanni (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Tammy Abraham (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alessandro Golinucci (San Marino).
Foul by Tammy Abraham (England).
Giacomo Conti (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Change, San Marino. Giacomo Conti replaces Filippo Fabbri.
Objective! San Marino 0, England 10. Bukayo Saka (England) header from very close to the center of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Objective! San Marino 0, England 9. Tammy Abraham (England) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left of the post. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Hand of Bukayo Saka (England).
Change, San Marino. Andrea Grandoni replaces Lorenzo Lunadei.
Change, England. John Stones replaces Emile Smith Rowe.
Tammy Abraham (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
VAR Decision: No Goal San Marino 0-8 England.
Foul by Tammy Abraham (England).
Lorenzo Lunadei (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.