England defeated San Marino to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar thanks to a convincing 10-0 victory over part-timers. The Three Lions went into the game thinking that a point would suffice, and to cut a long tale short, they delivered.
The hosts’ resistance lasted just over five minutes with Harry Maguire slamming his slab head into Phil Foden’s corner and leaving Elia Benedettini with little chance. Soon after, Filippo Fabbri prodded Bukayo Saka’s poor right-footed shot past his own goalie to score it 2-0 for San Marino. Harry Kane made it 3-0 from the penalty spot before the half-hour mark after Dante Rossi was penalized for a handball in the box.
Kane now ranks fourth on England’s all-time goalscorer list, surpassing Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves. The Three Lions captain then reduced the gap on third-placed Gary Lineker by scuffing Emile Smith Rowe’s effort into the bottom corner for his fourth goal in the football match.
Kane scored his third and England’s fifth goal after San Marino conceded another penalty for handball. It was his seventh hat-trick in international competition, and he became the first player in Three Lions history to score three goals in a row. There was also time for Kane to score a fourth goal before halftime, bringing him to level with Lineker on the all-time scoring list.
Smith Rowe celebrated his first England debut by smashing home Tammy Abraham’s flick-on just before the hour mark. The host side was reduced to 10 men after Dante Rossi was issued a second yellow card for hauling Conor Gallagher down just outside the box with a little over 20 minutes remaining.
In the 78th minute the Roma player made amends, scoring neatly to make it 9-0, and Saka got in on the act seconds later, nodding into the empty net to bring the score to double figures. The final score was three goals short of England’s biggest win ever, a 13-0 win against Ireland in February 1882. Watch football highlights of England win over San Marino to qualify for 2022 World Cup.