England Report v San Marino (a)
San Marino Stadium
Hardly surprisingly England strolled to a comfortable win over San Marino on Saturday, also unsurprisingly - perhaps surprisingly in fact? - Rooney equalled Sir Bobby's England goalscoring record with his 49th for the Three Lions.
Anything but an England win was a virtual given, the main question was really 'how many goals' would it be? That answer wax six with a couple in the first half and four in the second in this 6-0 win at the San Marino stadium.
Of course this win, which saw us become the first nation to do so, ensured England will be going to Euro 2016 without a shadow of a doubt.
That record-equalling opportunity arrived for Rooney early on when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Stones, or was it for a foul on Jagielka? The latter looked the more likely but it appears the ref actually gave this for the foul on the former? Either way it was given for a foul on an Everton man with another ex-Toffee Rooney (13) making no mistake to score his 49th goal for his country.
A second came on the half hour when a dangerous Shaw cross was headed past his own twin brother in the San Marino goal by Brolli (30), and that was it for the first half but the message was clear deliver the ball into the box with quality and no amount of men defending could prevent goals...
The 2nd half had barely started when Barkley (46), with his first goal for England, headed in the third from an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross and as San Marino tired in the second half the goals flowed with it threatening to be a rout at one point - do we consider six as a rout against San Marino? I'm not sure as it's almost 40-goals (37) against them in the last six-matches.
Rooney, which I actually think is a good thing, wasn't going to 'get the record' against San Marino has Hodgson decided to take him off just before the hour mark. Maybe, which would be a bit more fitting, a goal in front of a crowd more than 10 times larger than the one seen in a 6,600 capacity stadium for an achievement such as his, if he 'deserves' this or not... Five-goals against San Marino, the most he's scored against any nation, is more than enough for him isn't it!
Walcott (68) just a minute or so after coming on got in at the back post to convert a simple tap in with Kane (77) getting the pick of the bunch with a fine lofted finish when put in, which showed his confidence clearly isn't lacking is it!
The sixth and final goal, which also came a minute after Kane's at that point - three-goals in less than 10-minutes - left it looking like a complete romp was on - was scored by Walcott (78) again, who should have grabbed himself a 2nd half hat trick as he was presented with another opportunity he would have been expected to score.
What did we learn? Not too much really to be honest although Shelvey made a good impression and, I would think, is worthy of another opportunity against the Swiss at Wembley on Tuesday I feel but if Vardy will start again, I'm not as convinced by that...
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