San Marino 0-10 England: Player ratings
England secured their qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a complete 10-0 victory over San Marino, part-time.
The Three Lions came into the game knowing that a point would suffice and, in short, they got the job done in style.
The hosts’ resistance lasted just over five minutes, Harry Maguire throwing his slab head into Phil Foden’s corner and leaving Elia Benedettini out of luck.
Soon after, San Marino ruined their luck when Filippo Fabbri pushed Bukayo Saka’s right-footed shot past his own keeper to make it 2-0.
Before the half hour mark, Harry Kane scored 3-0 on the spot after Dante Rossi was penalized for a handball in the box. The strike propelled Kane past Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves to fourth on England’s top scorers list.
The Three Lions skipper then closed the gap on third-placed Gary Lineker, crushing Emile Smith Rowe’s effort in the bottom corner for his team’s fourth.
Kane quickly got his third – and England’s fifth – after San Marino conceded another handball penalty. It was the fifth hat trick of his international career and he also became the first player to score three consecutive goals for the Three Lions.
Kane also had time to register a fourth before half-time, knocking it down to level with Lineker in the historical standings.
After the break, San Marino was initially difficult to break but it didn’t last long. Just before the hour mark, Smith Rowe toasted his first start in England by hitting the Tammy Abraham flick-on.
With a shadow over 20 minutes to go, the home side were reduced to ten, after Dante Rossi received a second yellow card for dragging Conor Gallagher just outside the box.
Things got even worse because of the resulting free kick, with Tyrone Mings nodding his head through Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross. Jude Bellingham then thought he had scored his first England goal, only to have his strike oddly ruled out for a “foul” in Abraham’s preparation.
The Roma man made up for his indiscretion in the 78th minute, finishing well to bring the score to 9-0, and seconds later Saka sprang into action, nodding into the empty net to reveal double digits. figures.
The result was three goals away from the biggest win in English history; a 13-0 victory over Ireland in February 1882.
Here are your Three Lions player ratings …
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 6/10 – Surprisingly, he actually had a save to make in the first half, leaning well to prevent a deviated effort.
Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – Nods to England ahead, opting for a low-key celebration of the plane on the occasion.
Conor Coady (CB) – 6/10 – The easiest game of his professional career went off without a hitch.
Tyrone Mings (CB) – 7/10 – He probably appreciated the chance to push a little forward on the left side. Also scored.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RWB) – 8/10 – He gave the ball a disappointing amount at first, but continued to produce a few moments of magic, creating three goals.
Jude Bellingham (CM) – 7/10 – Produced a series of practice runs and always wanted the ball. Too bad his goal was denied.
Kalvin Phillips (CM) – 6/10 – Lost two of his 58 passes in his 45-minute stint. I bet it’s drained.
Bukayo Saka (LWB) – 8/10 – Interesting to see him deploy a left rear. Could this be his future in the English configuration? Needless to say, he had a lot of joy tonight.
Phil Foden (AD) – 7/10 – Showed his excellent pass through, as well as his lightning pace during the first half. Also install the opener. Addicted to the break.
Harry Kane (ST) – 9/10 – Clinic. His fourth goal was actually pretty cool too. It is only a matter of time before he becomes England’s top scorer.
Emile Smith Rowe (LW) – 8/10 – A promising first start. Set up Kane’s second and took his goal extremely well.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – 6/10 – Performed on pure vibrations, sometimes appearing at position number 10.
Conor Gallagher (CM) – 6/10 – Weird that he made his England debut ahead of his Chelsea debut. Modern football, eh? He still did well but will be disgusted not to have completed his second half.
Tammy Abraham (ST) – 6/10 – Missed a big chance after coming in but put one on a plate for Smith Rowe.
Reece James (RWB) – 6/10 – Did well.
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