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Football: England sharply dismiss San Marino to qualify for 2022 World Cup

The suspense was already largely stale, but England did not go half way to ensure its ticket for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Monday, November 15, by crushing San Marino (10-0), with a quadruplet by Harry Kane.

Uncompromising in the playoffs, as usual, the Three Lions finished first in Group I, ahead of Poland, with 26 points out of 30 possible, having conceded only two draws for eight successes. They especially scored the trifle of 39 goals in 10 games, conceding only 3.

Gareth Southgate had turned a lot, giving two Arsenal players goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe their first start, before throwing Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher into the deep end in the second half.

From the 5e minute Harry Maguire opened the scoring with a header, as he had done three days ago, at the 9e minute, against Albania (5-0).

Harry Kane consolidated his rank

San Marino was not helped by fate, with a goal against his camp from Filippo Fabbri (2-0, 15th), nor by refereeing, intractable on the hands in the area which offered Harry Kane two opportunities to score, which he did not let slip (3-0, 27e, and 5-0, 39e). The other two goals of the English captain, a recovery on a service from Smith-Rowe who celebrated his first selection (4-0, 31e) and a too easy slalom in the opponent’s area (6-0, 42e), owe nothing to anyone.

His quadruple, the first for an English international since Ian Wright, eighteen years ago to nearly two days, already against San Marino (7-1), made him improve a few more records in the process. He consolidated his ranks as England’s most prolific international in a calendar year with 16 goals and in official matches, with 43 goals. He is also only 5 goals away from Wayne Rooney’s all-time record (53 goals).

In the second half, Smith-Rome (7-0, 58e) invited himself to the notice board, before Dante Rossi was kicked out to make matters worse on the side of the 210e and last nation in the FIFA rankings.

Ruthless, Tyrone Mings (8-0, 69e), Tammy Abraham (9-0, 78e) and Bukayo Saka (10-0, 79e) have added to the score for a record victory for nearly fifty years.

The World with AFP

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