San Marino 0-10 England: Player rating


England secured their qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar thanks to a comprehensive 10-0 victory over part-time San Marino employees.

The three lions entered the game with the knowledge that one point would suffice and, long story short, they got the job done in some style.

The hosts’ opposition lasted for just over five minutes with Harry Maguire throwing his slabhead at Phil Foden’s corner and leaving Elia Benedettini without a chance.

Shortly after San Marino ruined his luck when Filippo Fabbri pushed Bukayo Saka’s tame right foot attempt past his own goalkeeper and made it 2-0.

Before half an hour, Harry Kane made it 3-0 from place after Dante Rossi was penalized for a handball in the box. The strike moved Kane over Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves to fourth place on England’s list of top scorers of all time.

The Three Lions captain then narrowed the gap to third-place Gary Lineker, stepping on Emile Smith Rowe’s effort in the bottom corner for his team’s fourth.

Kane soon had his third – and England’s fifth – after San Marino conceded another penalty for handball. It represented the fifth hat-trick of his international career and he also became the first player to score three goals in a row for the three Lions.

England has done TEN in San Marino! ?

? @TrentAA puts it on a plate? @ BukayoSaka87 does the rest #ITVFootball | #ThreeLions | @England

– ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 15, 2021

There was time for Kane to register a fourth before halftime as well, with the strike taking him on par with Lineker on the historic points list.

After the break, San Marino was initially difficult to break down, but it did not last long. Just before the hour mark, Smith toasted Rowe for his virgin England start by tying home Tammy Abraham’s flick-on.

With a shadow over 20 minutes left to go, the home team was reduced to ten, after Dante Rossi received a second yellow card for pulling down Conor Gallagher just outside the penalty area.

Things got even worse from the result of the free kick, with Tyrone Mings nodding home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s post. Jude Bellingham then believed that he had scored his first goal for England, only because his strike could strangely be ruled out for a “mistake” in the construction of Abraham.

The Roman compensated for his indiscretion in the 78th minute and finished nicely to 9-0, and seconds later Saka came into the act and nodded into the empty net to get up double digits.

The result was three goals saving England’s biggest victory ever; a 13-0 victory over Ireland all the way back in February 1882.

Here are the ratings of your three lion players …

Maguire scored again / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 6/10 – Shockingly, he actually had a save to make in the first half and came down well to keep away a rejected effort.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – nodded England in front and chose a discreet aircraft celebration on this occasion.

Conor Coady (CB) – 6/10 – The easiest game of his professional career went smoothly.

Tyrone Mings (CB) – 7/10 – Probably enjoyed the chance to push forward a little bit down the left side. Also did.

The case was positive / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RWB) – 8/10 – Gave away the ball a disappointment early but continued to produce a few moments of magic and created three goals.

Jude Bellingham (CM) – 7/10 – Produced a series of driving runs and always wanted the ball. Too bad his goal failed.

Calvin Phillips (CM) – 6/10 – Misplaced two of his 58 passes during his 45-minute period. Bets that he is taken out.

Bukayo Saka (LWB) – 8/10 – Interesting to see him put in a left back. Could this be his future in England’s setup? Needless to say, he had a lot of fun tonight.

Harry Kane in “loves goals” shocker / CPS Images / GettyImages

Phil Foden (RW) – 7/10 – Showed his excellent pass from the depths, as well as his lightning pace during the first half. Also set the opener. Hooked in the break.

Harry Kane (ST) – 9/10 – Clinical. His fourth goal was actually quite nice as well. Just a matter of time before he becomes England’s goal scorer of all time.

Emile Smith Rowe (LW) – 8/10 – A promising first start. Lined up Kane’s second and took his goal extremely well.

Abraham set up Smith Rowe’s goal / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages

Ben Chilwell (LB) – 6/10 – Played on pure vibes, pops up in a number 10 position sometimes.

Conor Gallagher (CM) – 6/10 – Strange that he made his England debut before his Chelsea debut. Modern football, right? Did well anyway but will be taken aback for not finishing his chance in the second half.

Tammy Abraham (ST) – 6/10 – Missed a great chance after coming in but put one on a plate for Smith Rowe.

Reece James (RWB) – 6/10 – Went well.

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