England have confirmed their place for next year’s World Cup with a 10-1 win over San Marino.
Harry Kane fell within five of Wayne Rooney’s record 53 goals in the Three Lions, including four in the first half.
Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe also scored in his first senior departure for his country on a night when England were endemic.
James robson rated the Gareth Southgate stars as they ended 2021 on a high.
He must have been as surprised as anyone when called to action. His debut was meant to be a brief watch – but pulled off a sprawling save to deny Nanni’s deflected first-half effort.
Another game, another goal. Notably less provocative with its celebration this time around – at least in Roy Keane’s eyes. Either way, it has been a positive international break for the Manchester United captain which could do him good for the rest of the season.
Almost never flustered, but still had to keep his focus in the middle of a back three. Deserved outing for a selfless member of the team and even took the captain’s armband.
Head well taken to score the eighth for England. Got the ball out well and had plenty of opportunities to build from behind against a team that put little to no pressure.
A bit overshadowed by Saka in the first half, with most of England’s play coming from the left side. I have to combine with the Arsenal man on the right after a halftime reshuffle – and got three assists.
Just make the right decisions all the time. Wandered into midfield and kept San Marino on the back foot. Will surely be a starter for the World Cup.
England really didn’t need that extra layer of security, given the lack of threat from San Marino. Tidy like never before.
England’s main source of creativity in the first half, with most of their good work by their side. He is entered on the scoresheet with his heavily deflected strike.
Sprinkled this game with classy moments. Clever twists, combined with defensive passes. His bike kick earned England a penalty for their third goal.
Only Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney beat him in the list of England’s all-time top scorers. Back-to-back hat tricks for his country and now just five of Rooney’s 53 goals for the Three Lions. Imagine if he had played in the return leg against San Marino.
It looks comfortable no matter what the occasion. Did some very smart runs to get in between San Marino’s deep defense. And that’s precisely how he scored his first international goal in the second half.
Conor Gallagher (Philippe, 46 ‘)
What a spectacular rise he had. Still to make just one appearance for Chelsea, but now as part of a place in the England squad for the World Cup. He probably should have been on the scoresheet.
Ben chilwell (Maguire, 46 ‘) 6
Practically played as a winger on entering. He must have imagined himself adding to his recent goal streak.
Tammy Abraham (Foden, 46 ‘)
He got the goal he was desperate for to make his case to be the first to return to Kane. Also became a supplier, with his smack for the goal of Smith Rowe.
Reece james (Kane, 62 ‘)
Stepped into a midfielder role to show his versatility.
Pierre Pierre (Smith Rowe, 76 ‘)
Not used: Pickford, Stones, Johnstone, Walker