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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

  • 19 min: Baines, who will get the assist for that opening goal, does well down the left hand side again, squeezing a cross in when it appeared to have gone too far. It comes to nothing but England go again.
    3/22/2013 8:19:09 PM
  • Gerrard has found some company in James Milner on the bench.

    3/22/2013 8:19:38 PM
  • England have been winning a lot of corners so far...
    Corner practice this Oliver via Twitter at 8:19 PM

    Another corner for #England #yawn Phil Ward via Twitter at 8:19 PM

    Corner count prediction... I'm guessing 27 James McLean via Twitter at 8:20 PM

    3/22/2013 8:21:05 PM
  • 23 min: Baines delivers a free-kick from the left but it fails to beat the first man. And then England win another corner. And then another.
    3/22/2013 8:22:36 PM

    Ireland are currently drawing 0-0 with Sweden, and it's the same score between Scotland and Wales. The leaders in Group H - Montenegro, are drawing 0-0 with Moldova at half-time. A thrilling night so far then!
    3/22/2013 8:24:22 PM

    England have had 10 corners so far. And 75 % of the possession. It feels like more.
    3/22/2013 8:25:58 PM
  • 28 min: England work it around the edge of the box but are struggling to find gaps in San Marino's 9-0-1 formation. It's another corner but it's just over Rooney's head. The away side really should have done better from all these set peices.
    3/22/2013 8:27:50 PM
  • GOAL!

    29 min: England are now 2-0 up and it was a great bit of skill from the Ox. The Arsenal man performs a step-over before playing a one-two with Rooney and then striking it past the keeper from a central position just inside the box.
    3/22/2013 8:29:31 PM

    Oxlade Chamberlane deserves to be on the score sheet, skillful and best strike at goal that was ntokozo skhosana via Twitter at 8:30 PM

    Brilliant goal of Oxlade-Chamberlain. Great footwork! Sean Collins via Twitter at 8:29 PM

    I don't care that they are playing San Marino. Nice goal Oxlade-Chamberlain Robert Miller via Twitter at 8:29 PM

    3/22/2013 8:30:49 PM
  • 32 min: Walker gets to the byline and and wins England yet another corner. The away side passing it around with some real sharpness.
    3/22/2013 8:32:11 PM
  • Kyle Walker in action for England.

    3/22/2013 8:32:44 PM
  • 35 min: It should have been a goal for England but Defoe is offside - just. Another great move from England with the Ox the main architect. Young was in with just the keeper to beat but opted to play it to the Spurs striker - who was just ahead of him.
    3/22/2013 8:34:48 PM
  • GOAL!

    35 min: Now Defoe has got his goal. 3-0 England. Rooney crosses it deep, the Ox nods it back across goal and Defoe is able to tap it in from a yard out. This scoreline could be big.
    3/22/2013 8:36:08 PM

    Ohhhh, Defoe scored, let's hope he is back in goal scoring form Gareth Bale via Twitter at 8:36 PM
    STUNNER FROM DEFOE SpursYouthSupporters via Twitter at 8:36 PM

    Right, we've won, put Joe Hart upfront with Chris Smalling and Defoe in goal Tom Readman via Twitter at 8:37 PM

    3/22/2013 8:38:13 PM
  • GOAL!

    38 min: This is getting silly. Ashley Young absolutely spanks it from range and it crashes in off the underside of the bar.
    3/22/2013 8:39:47 PM

    San Marino were once beaten 13-0 by Germany. Could England top that? They'll have to go some. Meanwhile musings in The Independent offices...

    I think we're definitely going to win the World Cup.

    3/22/2013 8:41:02 PM
  • GOAL!

    42 min: And another goal for England - and it's Lampard on the scoresheet. Baines pulls it back and Lampard slides it in. Too easy.
    3/22/2013 8:42:49 PM

    Gareth Bale has taken a whack and needed some treatment in Wales' match against Scotland. It's still 0-0 there.
    3/22/2013 8:44:03 PM
  • Ashley Young strikes the ball against San Marino.

    3/22/2013 8:44:34 PM
  • HT: Punishment over - for a little bit at least. England lead 5-0 at the break in what is a complete mismatch. Not much you can read into this.
    3/22/2013 8:46:11 PM
  • Sections of England's 2000 travelling fans have reportedly been abusing Rio Ferdinand.
    England's fans now feeling comfortable enough to roundly abuse Rio Ferdinand in the most unflattering terms. #bbcfootball Phil McNulty via Twitter at 8:44 PM

    Loving the fact the England fans are abusing Rio ferdinand, totally deserved as well! Robbie Robertson via Twitter at 8:46 PM

    Oh dear, brand Ferdinand taking a bit of a battering isn't it. Wish I had Al-Jazerra to hear his half time thoughts on abuse he's got 2nite! Luke Edwards via Twitter at 8:46 PM

    England fans laying into Ferdinand and rightly so in my opinion. Never turn your back on your Country even if you feel bitter! #willregretit Goldie via Twitter at 8:46 PM

    3/22/2013 8:48:10 PM

    Scotland have taken the lead against Wales with Hanley scoring with his head from a corner. 1-0.
    3/22/2013 8:49:20 PM

  • Grant Hanley? Of all the people... Come on Scotland! John Herrick via Twitter at 8:49 PM

    Get in there Scaatchland. Grant Hanley (whoever he is?) Rik Lowrie via Twitter at 8:49 PM

    Yaaaas Hanley!! James MacManus via Twitter at 8:49 PM

    3/22/2013 8:50:12 PM

    Montenegro, who lead England's group, are down to 10 men while still drawing 0-0 with Moldova.
    3/22/2013 8:52:02 PM
  • We want to hear what you make of tonight's action. How many will England score? Can Wales come back against Scotland? Let us know and we'll publish the best ones...
    3/22/2013 8:53:35 PM
  • 46 min: ...and we're off in the second half.
    3/22/2013 9:00:50 PM
  • Defoe celebrates with the Ox after making it 3-0.

    3/22/2013 9:03:03 PM
  • 50 min: San Marino try to break out but to no avail. England sending absolutely everyone forward at every opportunity. They want more.
    3/22/2013 9:05:13 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
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