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England 5-0 San Marino

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley Stadium
Wayne Rooney
Captain Wayne Rooney scores his 42nd goal for England
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England delivered the expected easy win over San Marino at Wembley to maintain their 100% start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Manager Roy Hodgson has been handed a highly favourable draw in Group E as England attempt to banish the memories of their miserable World Cup - and they are taking full advantage so far.

Phil Jagielka headed England in front and Wayne Rooney scored his 42nd England goal from the penalty spot before half-time as San Marino presented barely any serious competition.

Danny Welbeck, the two-goal hero of the opening win in Switzerland, added the third before substitute Andros Townsend got in on the act and Rooney saw his cross deflected in by Alessandro Della Valle.

England quartet on San Marino win

The scoreline matched England's win here in October 2012 and Hodgson's men now move on to face Estonia on Sunday as they attempt to make it three wins out of three.

San Marino's right to a place at this level - they are joint bottom with Bhutan at 208th in the Fifa world rankings - has been questioned, and nothing happened here to suggest they can ever be a going concern in international football.

Apart from the odd piece of token resistance - and the antics of keeper Aldo Simoncini - this was another unsuccessful exercise in damage limitation. England's record over them is now an aggregate 31-1 from five meetings.

For Hodgson and his players, this was job done in front of a highly respectable attendance of 55,990 and the impression remains that there would be the biggest inquest in England's football history should they fail to progress from this group.

Match facts
Danny Welbeck has scored seven goals in his past eight games for club and countryAlessandro Della Valle has scored an own goal in each of San Marino's past two games against England
San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini made more passes than any of his team-mates in the first halfWayne Rooney has scored 42 goals for England, only seven shy of Bobby Charlton's national record

Rooney's penalty moved him to 42 England goals, seven shy of Sir Bobby Charlton's national record, and the 28-year-old thought he might have added number 43 - but his second effort took a heavy deflection and went down as a Della Valle own goal.

The game quickly settled into the expected pattern, with San Marino penned in their own half, but the visitors survived until the 24th minute when Jagielka rose to head in from a corner as keeper Simoncini stumbled in a melee.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, as usual in these matches, was little more than a spectator, although he was kept interested by a 20-yard shot from Matteo Vitaioli that flew wide, an occurrence so rare it drew warm applause from the Wembley crowd.

Rooney earned and scored the spot-kick that put England further ahead just before half-time. Andy Selva raised his boot, and the Manchester United keeper drove in powerfully from the spot to set up the second half perfectly for the home side.

Hodgson made a double change at half-time, sending on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana for Liverpool pair Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made an instant impact with a run to the by-line and cross that Welbeck turned in neatly at the near post.

Rooney was getting the opportunities to add to his first-half goal but he found the eccentric Simoncini in defiant mood, saving three times from the England captain in quick succession.

It was another substitute, Townsend - on for Welbeck, who added to England's tally after 72 minutes when his powerful shot beat Simoncini at his near post.

San Marino were simply trying to keep the score down but could not quite see out the rest of the game as Rooney's effort took a heavy deflection to complete the scoring.

Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Calum Chambers
Calum Chambers (right) lines up for his full England debut
Phil Jagielka heads England ahead
Phil Jagielka becomes the first England defender to score against San Marino
Aldo Simoncini
San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini, who works as an accountant, made a string of saves during the match
Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend marks his return to the England set-up with the fourth of the night



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Hart
  • 2Chambers
  • 5Cahill
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Gibbs
  • 7MilnerBooked at 37mins
  • 4HendersonSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 45'minutes
  • 8Wilshere
  • 11SterlingSubstituted forLallanaat 45'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 9WelbeckSubstituted forTownsendat 66'minutes


  • 12Clyne
  • 13Foster
  • 14Baines
  • 15Delph
  • 16Shelvey
  • 17Lallana
  • 18Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 19Townsend
  • 20Lambert
  • 21Forster

San Marino

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Simoncini
  • 2PalazziSubstituted forBuscariniat 74'minutes
  • 4Vitaioli
  • 6Della Valle
  • 5Brolli
  • 3Battistini
  • 7Hirsch
  • 8Chiaruzzi
  • 9TosiSubstituted forGasperoniat 63'minutes
  • 11Vitaioli
  • 10SelvaBooked at 42minsSubstituted forRinaldiat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 12Benedettini
  • 13Cesarini
  • 14Cervellini
  • 15Stefanelli
  • 16Gasperoni
  • 17Rinaldi
  • 18Golinucci
  • 19Buscarini
  • 20Gasperoni
  • 21Valentini
  • 22Mazza
  • 23Muraccini
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 5, San Marino 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 5, San Marino 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (England) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Calum Chambers (England).

  5. Post update

    Lorenzo Gasperoni (San Marino) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Offside, England. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Danilo Ezequiel Rinaldi (San Marino) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    James Milner (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danilo Ezequiel Rinaldi (San Marino).

  10. Post update

    Adam Lallana (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lorenzo Buscarini (San Marino).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, San Marino. Danilo Ezequiel Rinaldi replaces Andy Selva.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Wilshere following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by José Adolfo Hirsch.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (England) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Manuel Battistini.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (England) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Lorenzo Gasperoni.