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Summary

  1. England have six points from two qualifiers
  2. Rooney scores 42nd international goal
  3. Welbeck scores his third of qualifying campaign
  4. Group rivals Switzerland lose in Slovenia
  5. European champions Spain lose in Slovakia

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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As routine a 5-0 win as you could ever wish to see in the end for England then. Sheffield Hallam put up a good fight but the class showed through in the end.

Join us on Sunday for a potentially marginally more interesting game against Estonia. Over and out...

England 5-0 San Marino

Chris Waddle

Former England winger at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"England have enough quality and their group is weak. They will qualify. It's all about France and the European Championships."

Manager reaction

England 5-0 San Marino

England coach Roy Hodgson: "What people have to realise, whatever they say, in the first half of these games when a fit and healthy team get 10 men behind the ball, there's no space to play."

England 5-0 San Marino

Chris Waddle

Former England winger at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"It will be a harder game for England against Estonia, but to be honest I still expect us to get a result."

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A Karim: 5-0, could have been more. England didn't need to get out of second gear! I don't see what the problem is!

Ian Marks: Oh come on! Are people really having a go because England "only" won 5-0? Good lord...

Rich Hemsley: Why are people moaning that England "only" scored five? They played brilliant football and played well as a team.

Manager reaction

England 5-0 San Marino

Roy Hodgson
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England manager Roy Hodgson: "Job well done. The crowd were fantastic, they've had an enjoyable night. We could have had more but I can't fault the players. I'm really pleased.

"We won very comfortably and added five goals to the tally. We had no space to play in the first half but kept plugging away and it would always open up.

"When San Marino tired we created some very good occasions. What was learned was that the players have the ability to do the right thing for 90 minutes. At 5-0 when we lost the ball we had three or four players sprinting back to win the ball back. That type of desire is very commendable."

Thanks to Mrs. Peter in Edinburgh. England won at a trot then.

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William in London: You can't say that was a bad performance. It could have easily been 10, but what does it matter if you're playing San Marino and created so many chances?

Neil from Dent: Even when we win 5-0 people still moan. Whey are some England fans so negative.

Peter in Edinburgh: Re 21:33 - My footy-loving, horse-riding wife says a 'trot' is slower than a canter, which is slower than a gallop...

A classic typo there - Chris Waddle did not call for a 4-4-3 formation, though England could have played without a keeper tonight to be honest...

England 5-0 San Marino

Mikoliunas scores for Lithuania
AP

What's next for England? Estonia on Sunday, a 17:00 BST kick-off. Estonia lost 1-0 to Lithuania tonight.

England 5-0 San Marino

Chris Waddle

Former England winger at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"England definitely needed wingers, especially when you're playing poor opposition. They could have used four wingers, using the full-backs too, as San Marino were so narrow.

"And I'd like us to be more flexible as a team. The diamond formation worked well against Switzerland, but our players should be able to adapt at this level and we should have played 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. We just seem so rigid in what we play."

Player reaction

England 5-0 San Marino

Jack Wilshere
PA

England midfielder Jack Wilshere: "We did what we had to do. We knew we would win, it was just a matter of keeping going. Once we scored we knew we could get a few.

"We showed them respect. I enjoy getting forward and it was nice. It wasn't against one of the best nations in the world but we had a job to do and we did it."

Spain have been beaten! There's a cat amongst the pigeons.

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Peter Collins: Germany scored more against Brazil than we have against San Marino...

Fernando Caviedes: 5-0 is not enough. A poor team performance. No improvements.

Nick Southwell: Solid if not slightly unspectacular from England. You can only beat what's put in front of you.

England 5-0 San Marino

Chris Waddle

Former England winger at Wembley for 5 live Sport

England celebrate
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"There was always only ever going to be one result tonight. San Marino put up a great fight in the first half but tired badly in the second. And while they were at the races they stopped England playing, which is a concern. But a comfortable win for England in the end."

England 5-0 San Marino

Robert Green

QPR and England goalkeeper at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"It was always going to be an England win and if they'd taken all their chances it would have been 10-0. Maybe it was a little lacklustre in the first half, but you have to ask yourselves how well England were really going to play against a team who had absolutely no intention of playing."

Pain for Spain

Elsewhere in Europe

Slovakia celebrate a goal against Spain
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What a night for former Chelsea winger Miroslav Stoch. The 24-year-old is a national hero in Slovakia after scoring the late winner for the hosts in a 2-1 against holders Spain. Stoch headed the winner after substitute Paco Alcacer equalised in the 82nd minute.

FULL-TIME

England 5-0 San Marino

Polite applause. A cover drive for four. England have won at whatever slower than a canter is. A gallop? That sounds faster than a canter. Whatever horse is for 'stroll'.

England 5-0 San Marino

England have had 32 efforts tonight, 16 of which are on target. But don't be telling those stats to Roy Hodgson. He'll have to get the swear jar out.

CLOSE!

England 5-0 San Marino

Adam Lallana
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Lovely touch from Adam Lallana sparks a move and Andros Townsend sees a low shot cleared off the line! Unlucky.

England 5-0 San Marino

Wayne Rooney hammers a shot wide. Start the car.

England 5-0 San Marino

It's going to end at five, and Alan Green is happy enough with that. No seriously...

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Ben from Belfast: That Wembley attendance is nearly double the population of San Marino.

Jack in Stoke: Pretty sure people moaned about Townsend's inclusion over Dyer, Routledge and the like. Boom to his critics.

Stephen: Late travelling back from London to Wilmslow. Initially hacked off missing football but reading this, probably got the more exciting gig looking out the train window at the dark...

England 5-0 San Marino

Robert Green

QPR and England goalkeeper at Wembley for 5 live Sport

Andros Townsend and Wayne Rooney
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"This is a pretty meaningless game but the one positive you could take is that it looks like a spark has set off Andros Townsend. He might now be kick-starting his club career. So maybe a few people can take a few positives from this game, even if the whole team can't."

England 5-0 San Marino

Wayne Rooney has a header saved, San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini has had a decent game this evening. He concedes 4.4 goals on average so just below par for him...

England 5-0 San Marino

Five is about par I reckon. Call the dogs off Roy.

England 5-0 San Marino

Chris Waddle

Former England winger at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"The ball clips off Della Valle and the goalie's rooted to the spot. I don't know if Wayne Rooney will try to claim the goal but it wasn't going in. It must be an own-goal."

Elsewhere in Europe

Cesc Fabregas
EPA

Time is running out for holders Spain, who still trail Slovakia 1-0. Cesc Fabregas has been denied by a fine save by Matus Kozacik, who has also frustrated Diego Costa and Sergio Busquets with excellent stops.

There are still no goals in the other two games in England's group between Lithuania and Estonia and Slovenia and Switzerland. Austria lead away to Moldova 2-1, while it's 2-2 between Macedonia and Luxembourg.

GOAL

England 5-0 San Marino - Alessandro Della Valle (OG)

Wayne Rooney
AP

Unlucky son, unlucky. Wayne Rooney tries to put a cross in, it hits Alessandro Della Valle on the shoulder and loops past the keeper and into the net. Nothing he can do about that.

England 4-0 San Marino

The attendance at Wembley is a very creditable 55,990. Not to be sniffed at.

England 4-0 San Marino

Alan Green

BBC commentator at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"San Marino are making a change. I think it's unfair for them to have to take players off. They could do with extra bodies on the pitch."

England 4-0 San Marino

Chris Waddle

Former England winger at Wembley for 5 live Sport

"Since the purple patch Andros Townsend had for England we haven't seen anything like it for Tottenham. But this was a great strike, coming inside and hitting it early. Lots of pace and just inside the near post."

England 4-0 San Marino

San Marino have a free-kick! The furthest forward they've been all half and it's straight at Joe Hart. Can England counter? Adam Lallana ends up with the ball and fires at keeper Aldo Simoncini.

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Alex Reilly: Rooney has 42 goals but he still hasn't scored a David Beckham v Greece kind of goal.

Mark Duffell: It should not be ignored that Rooney has missed two absolute sitters now. Against San Marino.

Nick Uta: It's embarrassing how poor Rooney is. Can't beat the San Marino goalkeeper one-on-one? Surely the final nail in the 'world class' coffin.

GOAL

England 4-0 San Marino - Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend scores for England
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Danger here - Booom! Lovely strike as Andros Townsend runs at the retreating backline, gets it on his left foot and thumps home from 20 yards. Straight through the keeper like an undercooked prawn curry.

England 3-0 San Marino

There are 20 men in the penalty area most of the time now as England just set up base camp on the edge of the box. Pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, shoot...

No danger.

England 3-0 San Marino

Adam Lallana goes on the hunt for that elusive goal, burrowing through a few tired tackles before eventually being closed down. The men in blue look very, very tired now.

Cramp strikes one man. The old 'big pitch' at Wembley story...

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Josh Jackman: Appalling decision from the linesman there. Got to feel bad for Adam Lallana.

Jon Evans: Worst refereeing I've seen for a while. Allow the goal and then disallow it wrongly. Shocker.

Mathew Ashley: What is the point of goal-line technology then if you're going to disallow a perfectly good goal?

Goal-line technology, Mathew, isn't used for offside decisions...

SUBSTITUTION

England 3-0 San Marino

No more goals for Danny Welbeck tonight as he is replaced by Andros Townsend.

welbeck
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England 3-0 San Marino

Adam Lallana is robbed of his first England goal then. He looked happy enough about it but I wouldn't be. Anyway, who wants to score next?

Three-nil is not enough is it?