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England thrash San Marino to secure World Cup place

Published on: 16 November 2021

Harry Kane's four goals saw him draw level with Gary Lineker on 48 England goals

England hit double figures 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 the records by scoring four in the first half to go level with Gary Lineker on 48 England goals, additionally setting a new high of 13 for his country in a calendar year as he followed up his hat-trick in the 5-0 win against Albania.

Only Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney are ahead of Kane in the England goalscorers list. He now stands just five behind record-holder Rooney's tally of 53.

Kane also became only 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.

Harry Maguire's early header set England on their way and Bukayo Saka's shot was deflected in off Filippo Fabri before Kane took centre stage with two penalties and a couple of trademark finishes in the area.

England continued to punish San Marino after the break with Emile Smith Rowe and Tyrone Mings scoring their first international goals with a crisp finish and angled header respectively.

The rout continued with goals from substitute Tammy Abraham and Saka as England hit 10 for the first time since they beat USA 10-0 in New York City in May 1964, and the first time ever in a competitive fixture.

The scoreline again raises questions about the worth of fixtures such as this.

San Marino are ranked 210th out of 210 in the Fifa rankings and the only bonus for their players may be that they can say they shared a pitch with stellar names such as Kane, because otherwise this was simply an exercise in humiliation for a country that has won only one fixture out of 186.

It was a good night for Kane, who made no mistake with penalties given for handball against Dante Rossi, who was later sent off for two yellow cards, and Alessandro D'Addario. He scuffed one finish but showed neat footwork for another, although he was helped by hapless San Marino defending.

Smith Rowe made a good impression in his first England start and deserved his goal, while Conor Gallagher, so impressive on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, also got on for his first cap.

England's only obstacle was a slightly treacherous surface which meant one of the other aims of the night was ensuring all their players emerged unscathed to return to their clubs.

For England, this was a case of job very comfortably done. Now Southgate can start all the planning in earnest for next year's World Cup as he tries to improve on reaching the semi-final in Russia in 2018.

Player of the match

KaneHarry Kane

with an average of 7.44

    San MarinoSan MarinoSan MarinoEnglandEnglandEngland

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Squad number15Player nameContiAverage rating


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Squad number17Player nameGolinucciAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameGrandoniAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameBenedettiniAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameLunadeiAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameTomassiniAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameD'AddarioAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameGolinucciAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameHirschAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameBattistiniAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameMularoniAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameFabbriAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameRossiAverage rating


EnglandAvgSquad number9Player nameKaneAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameSmith RoweAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameSakaAverage rating


Squad number7Player namePhillipsAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameAlexander-ArnoldAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameBellinghamAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameGallagherAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameFodenAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameRamsdaleAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameAbrahamAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameCoadyAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameMingsAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameChilwellAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameJamesAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameStonesAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameMaguireAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsSan Marino

Formation 3-5-2


    1Benedettini22BattistiniBooked at 54mins16FabbriSubstituted forContiat 81'minutes6RossiBooked at 68mins7TomassiniBooked at 16minsSubstituted forVitaioliat 45'minutes5LunadeiSubstituted forGrandoniat 74'minutes8Golinucci11Mularoni2D'AddarioBooked at 38minsSubstituted forCensoniat 45'minutes19Nanni20HirschSubstituted forGolinucciat 45'minutes




Formation 3-4-3

1Ramsdale4Maguire5Coady6Mings2Alexander-Arnold8Bellingham7Phillips3Saka10Foden9Kane11Smith Rowe

    1Ramsdale4MaguireSubstituted forChilwellat 45'minutes5Coady6Mings2Alexander-Arnold8Bellingham7PhillipsSubstituted forGallagherat 45'minutes3Saka10FodenSubstituted forAbrahamat 45'minutesBooked at 73mins9KaneSubstituted forJamesat 63'minutes11Smith RoweSubstituted forStonesat 73'minutes



Referee:Rade ObrenovicMatch StatsHome TeamSan MarinoAway TeamEnglandPossessionHome15%Away85%ShotsHome2Away22Shots on TargetHome1Away13CornersHome1Away4FoulsHome11Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, San Marino 0, England 10.

90'+2'Full Time

Second Half ends, San Marino 0, England 10.

88'Post update

Jude Bellingham (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88'Post update

Foul by Enrico Golinucci (San Marino).

86'Post update

Foul by John Stones (England).

86'Post update

Nicola Nanni (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85'Post update

Tammy Abraham (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85'Post update

Foul by Alessandro Golinucci (San Marino).

82'Post update

Foul by Tammy Abraham (England).

82'Post update

Giacomo Conti (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, San Marino. Giacomo Conti replaces Filippo Fabbri.


Goal! San Marino 0, England 10. Bukayo Saka (England) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.


Goal! San Marino 0, England 9. Tammy Abraham (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

74'Post update

Hand ball by Bukayo Saka (England).


Substitution, San Marino. Andrea Grandoni replaces Lorenzo Lunadei.


Substitution, England. John Stones replaces Emile Smith Rowe.


Tammy Abraham (England) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72'Post update

VAR Decision: No Goal San Marino 0-8 England.

71'Post update

Foul by Tammy Abraham (England).

71'Post update

Lorenzo Lunadei (San Marino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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