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England U21 9-0 San Marino U21

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Danny Ings grabs his second

England Under-21s earned a record win as they demolished San Marino to maintain their lead at the top of their Euro 2015 qualifying group.

Boss Gareth Southgate asked his side to be more ruthless after beating Finland and they were 5-0 up at half-time.

Danny Ings and Raheem Sterling both grabbed a goal in each half with Michael Keane, James Ward-Prowse and Thomas Ince on target before the break.

Carl Jenkinson and Will Hughes also scored in the biggest win in 37 years.

England Under-21s beat Finland 8-1 in 1977 and Azerbaijan 7-0 four years ago, but this was greatest winning margin since the side began competing in 1976.

Victory keeps England in charge of Group One going into the winter break, three points ahead of nearest challengers Moldova with a game in hand.

But they were never seriously challenged by a San Marino side who barely got out of their own half.

Birmingham striker Jesse Lingaard impressed on his full debut, as did Ince, who set up four goals before being substituted in the second half.

And after a dismal European Championship last summer, it showed that not only are Southgate's side growing into a skilful team, they can follow the coach's instructions by pressing for more goals despite the calibre of their opposition.

Burnley's Ings, whose 10 league goals this season have helped Burnley surge to the top of the Championship, was keen to get on the scoresheet on his full debut and after his early shot was saved, Keane headed in Ince's corner.

Two minutes later at Shrewsbury's Greenhous Meadow Stadium, Liverpool forward Sterling played a neat one-two before receiving a couple of fortunate bounces to prod in, and Ings' header from Ince's left-wing cross was a fine finish soon after.

Southampton's Ward-Prowse then underlined his growing reputation as an expert free-kick taker by curling in from 25 yards before Ince tapped in Ings' cross.

Three minutes after the break, the goals continued as Ings beat Jenkinson to the ball to poke in after Lingaard bundled through the San Marino defence.

Ince then claimed his third and fourth assist of the night by providing passes for Sterling's lob and Jenkinson's near-post finish.

It took 74 minutes for Davide Cesarini to register San Marino's first attempt of the night, but it was miles over before Hughes smashed in a ninth goal on an entertaining night for a youthful home crowd.


England U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1ButlandSubstituted forBondat 45'minutes
  • 2Jenkinson
  • 5StonesSubstituted forDierat 61'minutes
  • 6Keane
  • 3Robinson
  • 4Hughes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 7InceSubstituted forBamfordat 65'minutes
  • 10Lingard
  • 11Sterling
  • 9Ings


  • 12Shaw
  • 13Bond
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Dier
  • 16Zaha
  • 17Bamford
  • 18Morrison

San Marino U21

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1ManzaroliSubstituted forBerardiat 83'minutes
  • 2Proli
  • 4Brolli
  • 6Biordi
  • 5CiambottaSubstituted forFaetaniniat 69'minutes
  • 3Maiani
  • 11Battistini
  • 8Colombini
  • 10Golinucci
  • 7LiveraniSubstituted forCesariniat 69'minutes
  • 9Bernardi


  • 12Berardi
  • 13Angelini
  • 14Baizan
  • 15Cesarini
  • 16Faetanini
  • 17Zavoli
  • 18Zonzini
Jarl Jónsson

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England U21 9, San Marino U21 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England U21 9, San Marino U21 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Will Hughes (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (England U21) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Ings.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Eugenio Colombini (San Marino U21).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Bamford (England U21).

  9. Post update

    Davide Cesarini (San Marino U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Angelo Faetanini.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (England U21) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

  12. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Battistini (San Marino U21).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Robinson (England U21).

  15. Post update

    Manuel Battistini (San Marino U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match (England U21).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (England U21) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, San Marino U21. Michele Berardi replaces Andrea Manzaroli because of an injury.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 19th November 2013

As It Stood


1England U2165102312216
2Moldova U21741292713
3Wales U21631286210
4Finland U2162229818
5Lithuania U217214514-97
6San Marino U218107225-233


1Denmark U2175201861217
2Football Union of Russia U217511137616
3Slovenia U217223121028
4Estonia U2162225418
5Bulgaria U2182241517-28
6Andorra U217016120-191


1Slovakia U2164111761113
2Netherlands U2143101321110
3Georgia U216213712-57
4Scotland U21521278-17
5Luxembourg U215005117-160


1Spain U2166002251718
2Austria U215401118312
3Hungary U216204811-36
4Bosnia-Herzegovina U216204916-76
5Albania U217106414-103


1Croatia U2165011631315
2Switzerland U21530211479
3Ukraine U2132017436
4Latvia U215203810-26
5Liechtenstein U215005021-210


1Germany U2164201551014
2Montenegro U2152217528
3R. of Ireland U2162229818
4Romania U2151317706
5Faroe Islands U216015720-131


1Poland U217502167915
2Turkey U21531195410
3Greece U215302155109
4Sweden U215212111017
5Malta U216006125-240


1Portugal U2144001441012
2Israel U215302171169
3Norway U216204917-86
4Macedonia U21411235-24
5Azerbaijan U215113511-64


1Belgium U21641194513
2Serbia U21531196310
3Italy U2153027439
4Cyprus U21620468-26
5Northern Ireland U216105211-93


1France U2155002151615
2Iceland U215401137612
3Kazakhstan U216204411-76
4Armenia U216204514-96
5Belarus U216105511-63
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