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San Marino 0 England 8 - as it happened

England thrash San Marino on a good night for Wales and Ireland


So a great night for Wales, who came from behind to win 2-1 in Scotland.
It was all too straightforward for England who thrashed San Marino 8-0. It was also a good night for Ireland, who were able to hold Sweden to a 0-0 draw in Stockholm.

FT: A thorough thrashing dished out by England. The early own goal by Della Valle didn't help the home side and after Defoe made it 3-0 after 35 minutes, it was all over. But England weren't done. They scored five by half-time and added three more in the second half. Defoe might take the headlines due to his double but the Ox, who was the first England player to get on the scoresheet and Leighton Baines were perhaps the stand-out players for the away side.Simon Rice (Online Sports...Mar 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM


  • Della Valle scores an own goal after 11 mins
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it 2-0 with a fine goal after 29 mins
  • Defoe makes it three with a tap in after 35 mins
  • Young with fine long range strike
  • Lampard scores England's fifth with a low shot
  • Rooney with a free-kick after the break to make it six
  • Sturridge header makes it seven
  • Defoe gets his second and England's eighth after a great team move

Defoe celebrates with the Ox after making it 3-0.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM
Rooney bends in his free-kick to make it 6-0 to England.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

England are expected to put a few goals past San Marino tonight. A repeat of the match in 1993 would be good - although without the conceding after 8.3 seconds bit.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM

England beat San Marino 5-0 when they met last year - with Rooney scoring twice.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

  • The Independent's Sam Wallace is in San Marino for us tonight. Aha!
    No pavements/paths in San Marino. Just walked along side of dual carriageway, like Partridge on his way to buy windscreen fluid. Goldfinger Sam Wallace via Twitter at 12:36 PM

    3/22/2013 3:07:20 PM

    1. San Marino are currently ranked joint-207th and last in the FIFA rankings, level on zero points with Bhutan and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
    2. Davide Gualtieri, who scored the fastest goal in World Cup qualifying history after eight seconds against England in 1993, is now a computer salesman.
    3. San Marino have only won one match in their history, a 1-0 friendly success over Liechtenstein in April 2004.
    4. None of the teams in the seven-team Sammarinese League have their own ground. Instead, five neutral grounds are used on a rotating basis.
    5. San Marino is 24 square miles and has a population of around 30,000. It is also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.
    6. San Marino boasts a famous cake called the Cake Of The Three Towers. It is a layered wafer cake which is covered in chocolate.
    7. Aldo and Davide Simoncini made history against Sweden in 2010 when they became the first twins to score own goals in the same international match.
    8. Only four independent states in the world are smaller than San Marino. They are Tuvalu, Nauru, Monaco and the Vatican.
    9. San Marino have never won an Olympic medal, but trap shooter Alessandra Perilli came closest in 2012 when she finished fourth.
    10. San Marino's original entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest - 'Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh' - was disqualified due to a rule breach, and had to be re-titled.
    3/22/2013 3:29:16 PM
  • The Independent's Martin Hardy has been questioning whether San Marino should be playing in these World Cup qualifiers...

    This qualifying campaign has run to a now all too predictable pattern: four games played, four games lost. Goals for 0, goals against 16. This is non-competitive football in competition format. San Marino are pointless.
    Read the full article here.

    Do you agree that San Marino are 'pointless'? Leave your comments.

    3/22/2013 3:58:51 PM
  • Some images of what is apparently the dressing room England will be using in San Marino have been circulating today. You'd think the least Stevie, Wazza and Joe would expect would be matching benches. And what's in those trunks?

    3/22/2013 6:05:36 PM
  • Tonight's England team is still unconfirmed - although Theo Walcott is out with an injury and his Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to fill in. Here's the probable team that's been circulating this afternoon...

    Hart; Walker, Smalling, Lescott, Baines; Ox, Lampard, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, Defoe
    3/22/2013 6:25:46 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace has been asking how Rio Ferdinand did not realise his 15 hour flight to Qatar was a terrible idea.

    There is a tendency for some players to do whatever the hell they like without thinking of the effect it might have on others, and this was the case with Ferdinand.
    Read the full article here.

    What do you make of Rio's decision? Let us know by using the 'Make a comment' button.
    3/22/2013 6:28:25 PM

  • Rio Ferdinand is 'seeing' a 5-0 win for England tonight. Lest we forget, he's seeing it all the way from Qatar. MrPaulRobinson via Twitter at 6:21 PM

    #sanmarinofacts Rio Ferdinand's ego is bigger than the stadium tonight's game will take place in, hence his absense. Samuel Heyes via Twitter at 6:12 PM

    Has Theo Walcott ever come back from England duty in one piece? No wonder Rio "Justin Bieber Tickets" Ferdinand pulled out. Sean Attwood via Twitter at 5:57 PM

    3/22/2013 6:32:30 PM

  • Frank Lampard: Of the 19 players with 10+ PL goals this season, only Le Fondre (21.3%) has a better conversion rate than Lampard (20.7%) via Twitter at 6:32 PM

    Lampard to captain england. wohoo Aakash =D via Twitter at 7:00 PM

    Lampard captaining the england side tonight! Feeling a 4-0 win! #ThreeLions Declan Wood via Twitter at 7:01 PM

    3/22/2013 7:01:46 PM
  • In tonight's other big home nations match - Gareth Bale starts for Wales against Scotland.
    3/22/2013 7:03:51 PM
  • Most of the England team are multimillionaires. This is what some of the San Marino team do...

    • Aldo Simonicini [GK, age: 26, 30 caps] Job: Business consultant
    • Fabio Vitaioli [D, 28, 25] Bar owner
    • Alessandro della Valle [D, 30, 41] Accountant
    • Davide Simoncini [D, 26, 30] Student
    • Damiano Vanucci [D, 35, 68] Fitness centre owner
    • Michele Cervellini [M, 24, 16] Student
    • Enrico Cibelli [M, 25, 8] Barman
    • Alex Gasperoni [M, 28, 25] Owner of a lighting shop
    3/22/2013 7:11:27 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace in San Marino...
    Hodgson goes back to 4-4-2 for tonight? ENG: Hart; Walker, Smalling, Lescott, Baines; Young, Lampard, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamb; Defoe, Rooney Sam Wallace via Twitter at 6:52 PM

    3/22/2013 7:18:53 PM
  • You've been voting in our poll on how many goals England will win by. This is what you think so far...
    • 1 goal 5%
    • 2 goals 10%
    • 3 goals 18%
    • 4 goals 21%
    • 5 goals 18%
    • 6 goals 6%
    • More that 6 goals 22%

    3/22/2013 7:23:32 PM
  • 51 min: Rooney with a great dipping effort from range and it's tipped over the bar.
    3/22/2013 9:05:54 PM

    Rooney having a lash #England Scott Simons via Twitter at 9:05 PM

    Rooney wants a goal so bad! Dannn via Twitter at 9:05 PM

    Twice now since Rooney has tried to be skillful and lost the ball. I've only been watching since half time. Seth Morgan via Twitter at 9:06 PM

    3/22/2013 9:07:02 PM

    Gareth Bale has been subbed at half-time with Wales trailing Scotland 1-0.
    3/22/2013 9:07:35 PM
  • GOAL!

    53 min: Baines and Rooney both poised to take a central free-kick and it's the Manchester United man who strikes it - perfectly over the wall and into the left hand corner of the net. 6-0.
    3/22/2013 9:09:50 PM

    Another beauty of a strike #rooney #keepitgoin Billy hickman via Twitter at 9:10 PM

    As always. Rooney from a freekick, goal! ChubbyHulk via Twitter at 9:10 PM

    Rooney is on it tonight #England Stuart Edwards via Twitter at 9:10 PM

    3/22/2013 9:11:34 PM

    With 10 minutes to go the deadlock has been broken in Moldova - and it's bad news for England. Montenegro have taken the lead. Meanwhile, Ireland are holding Sweden 0-0 with 66 minutes played.
    3/22/2013 9:12:51 PM
  • 59 min: San Marino just strung three passes together. And then kick it aimlessly forward.
    3/22/2013 9:13:52 PM
  • 61 min: Sturridge, who came on for Rooney, should have made it seven but heads it onto the post. Poor from the Liverpool man. Meanwhile Cleverley is also off, with Osman coming on.
    3/22/2013 9:16:25 PM

  • Sturridge misses a header from 2 yards. Defoe then misses too. Bring back Crouchie. Joe Ward via Twitter at 9:16 PM

    Clearly Sturridge didn't wanna hurt San Marino's feelings. Alex Kenny via Twitter at 9:16 PM

    Disgraceful miss #Sturridge john larner via Twitter at 9:16 PM

    3/22/2013 9:16:48 PM
  • 62 min: San Marino just had a shot!
    3/22/2013 9:17:10 PM
  • Over in Doha, Rio Ferdinand has been defending his decision to fly to Qatar to be a pundit for Al Jazeera Sport.

    I met the boss in London and we spoke about my regime and (I'm doing) what I've done at the last few international breaks - the same.

    I was pencilled in to have certain treatments, had them and then I've come away to have some rest time and to recuperate and get myself ready.

    I think obviously the situation with myself and the national team is well documented.

    But this isn't something that I'm doing differently. This is something I've done in past international get-togethers when I've not been involved.

    I've had a course of treatment that I've had to have and then to go and rest and get ready and recuperate - and that's what I've continued to do.

    I spoke to the club and the club doctors and the physios who have helped me organise the regime that I'm on. But ultimately it was spelled out for us anyway,

    3/22/2013 9:19:50 PM

    Disallowed goal for Wales as the referee deems the goalkeeper was impeded as the ball falls into the back of the net. Still 1-0 to Scotland. Montenegro still winning, Ireland still drawing.
    3/22/2013 9:21:31 PM
  • 67 min: Lampard has gone off for Parker - with Joleon Lescott - who wasn't even in the original squad, taking the armband.
    3/22/2013 9:22:08 PM

    Lescott as captain? This country is a joke Cameron Vincent via Twitter at 9:21 PM

    The England captaincy officially means nothing now as Lescott takes the armband ma†† via Twitter at 9:21 PM

    Buzzing for Lescott getting elcapitano armband #bossman W.W via Twitter at 9:21 PM

    3/22/2013 9:22:55 PM
  • 69 min: England have slowed things down a little as the half has gone on but more goals still seem likely.
    3/22/2013 9:24:10 PM
  • GOAL!

    70 min: Right on cue, Sturridge makes it seven for England.
    The Liverpool striker races to the back post to meet an Ashley Young cross and is able to nod it in with ease.
    3/22/2013 9:26:12 PM

  • Sturridge first England goal as he makes it 7-0 for England. Oluwafemi CFC via Twitter at 9:27 PM

    Great ball from Young makes for a simple header for Sturridge. Manchester Utd News via Twitter at 9:27 PM

    STURRIDGE scored. Brilliant work by Ashley Young though. Put it on a plate for him, couldn't have missed it. #Liverpoo #MUFC Andrew Higginson via Twitter at 9:27 PM

    3/22/2013 9:27:57 PM
  • 75 min: The 2,000 travelling England fans can be heard as England win a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the box. Baines strikes it but the keeper does enough to get it away.
    3/22/2013 9:30:22 PM
  • Rooney bends in his free-kick to make it 6-0 to England.

    3/22/2013 9:30:49 PM
  • GOAL!

    77 min: Great goal - and it's Defoe with his second of the night. Sturridge plays it wide to the Ox who then dinks it to an onrushing Walker. The Spurs man makes it to the byline before pulling it back for his club team-mate and Defoe makes no mistake. 8-0.
    3/22/2013 9:33:42 PM

    Wales have equalised against Scotland with Aaron Ramsey smashing a penalty in off the underside of the bar. Meanwhile Ireland have nearly secured a draw in Sweden.
    3/22/2013 9:35:33 PM

    Now Wales are ahead! The travelling fans in Scotland are going wild as Robson-Kanu heads in. What a turnaround. 2-1.
    3/22/2013 9:36:40 PM
  • 85 min: England try and work it into Sturridge on the edge of the box but the Liverpool man can't control it. England keep on coming and it's Defoe who heads across goal. We have six minutes to go.
    3/22/2013 9:39:54 PM

    Ireland have secured a 0-0 draw with Sweden. Good result for Trap's side. Still 2-1 to Wales in Scotland.
    3/22/2013 9:40:47 PM
  • 87 min: Young threads a great ball to Defoe but the Spurs striker fails to complete a hat-trick after appearing to be caught in two minds whether to shoot or pass.
    3/22/2013 9:41:56 PM
  • Stevie G and Milner look to be enjoying things from the bench.

    3/22/2013 9:43:51 PM
  • 90 + 1 min: Parker makes a strong challenge and San Marino win a free-kick on the half-way line as we move into injury time.
    3/22/2013 9:45:40 PM
  • FT: It's all over - England have won 8-0.
    3/22/2013 9:46:06 PM

  • And England thrash San Marino 8-O! Deservedly So! RidzNoor رضوان via Twitter at 9:46 PM

    Well done England Fezii via Twitter at 9:46 PM

    England are gonna win the World Cup!!! Andy Kitch via Twitter at 9:46 PM

    3/22/2013 9:47:44 PM
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