England qualified for the World Cup following a sensational 10-goal battering of San Marino in their final qualifying game, with captain Harry Kane becoming the first England player to score 4 goals in a single game since Ian Wright in 1993.
With his 4-goal outing, the Tottenham Hotspurs striker takes his international goal tally to 48 and is now third in the country’s all-time leading goalscorer charts.
England youngsters shine
Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe made his international debut for the Three Lions following impressive showings for his club, alongside fellow Arsenal teammates Bukayo Saka and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, scoring his first England goal on a remarkable and impressive debut.
The victory was inevitable, with San Marino ranked the worst national team in the world in the FIFA rankings, losing all of their previous 9 qualifying games and conceding 36 goals in the process.
How it happened
England only needed 6 minutes to tilt the contest in their favor, with Man United captain Harry Maguire heading home Phil Foden’s corner to make it 1-0 to his side, scoring for the second successive game.
Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka then shot at goal and had his effort deflected off San Marino defender Filippo Fabbri and into his own goal, with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
Saka was once again the bright spark, delivering a cross met by Man City youngster Phil Foden, which was going wide but the referee then gave a penalty, adjudging Dante Rossi to have touched the ball with his fingertips.
Harry Kane then stroke home the harsh penalty through the middle of the goal to make it 3-0 to the English; and he then doubled his tally for the night just four minutes later, smashing Emile Smith Rowe’s searching cross into the goal.
Alessandro D’Addario was then adjudged to have used his arm to block Kane’s header and the second penalty of the night was then awarded, with the latter making no mistake with his second spot-kick to make it 5-0 to the visitors, completing the fifth England hat-trick of his career to make it 4-0.
Kane’s goalscoring rush then continued with the lanky striker capitalizing on some of the most woeful San Marino defending I have ever seen, to make it 6-0 and scoring his 4th goal of the night.
Emile Smith Rowe then grabbed a goal to cap off a memorable debut for the Three Lions, finishing clinically at the near post after Tammy Abraham’s lay-off.
San Marino’s night then go irrevocably worse when their defender Rossi received a red card for a second bookable offense and left San Marino down to 10 men.
Tyrone Mings then headed in the 8th goal for the night from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner, with the latter completing a hat-trick of assists.
Tammy Abraham then finished expertly to score his side’s 9th goal before Bukayo Saka got in the act with the 10th, capping off a record-breaking night to confirm England’s qualification for the World Cup.
Qatar World Cup
The 2022 World Cup is due to take place in Qatar during the winter months instead of the summer, due to the intense heat.
It will see 32 teams contest in eight groups of four, and will kick off at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor – the final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha on 18 December.