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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

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