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Ruthless England beat San Marino 10-0 to qualify for the World Cup – ratings and analysis

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Six different players make the scorers ‘list as Captain Kane fills his boots to level with Gary Lineker on England’s scorers’ list

San Marino 0 (Rossi red card 68 ′) England 10 (Maguire 6 ′, Fabbri 15 ′ and Kane 27 ′ pen 31 ′39 pen, 42 ′, Smith Rowe 58, Mings 69, Abraham 78 ′, Saka 80)

England secured their place at the 2022 World Cup with an unscrupulous 10-0 strike against Minnows San Marino.

Harry Kane filled his boots with four goals to join Gary Lineker in third place on England’s top scorer of all time and break the record for the most Three Lions goals in a calendar year in the nation’s biggest win in competitive football .

England took the lead after six minutes with a well-timed header from Harry Maguire and dominated the game from then on. Bukayo Saka forced Filippo Fabbri to score an own goal shortly afterwards, before captain Kane scored four quick goals and took a 6-0 lead at halftime.

Gareth Southgate made the changes at halftime but England kept the pressure on with substitute Tammy Abraham preparing Emile Smith Rowe for seventh place before Tyrone Mings scored his first international goal shortly after Dante Rossi’s second yellow card.

Abraham and Bukayo Saka then ended the defeat, leaving England at the top of qualifying group I after eight wins and two draws from their 10 games.

Aaron Ramsdale: Forced into a decent save on debut Nanni’s shrewd low shot and handled balls thrown into his box well 7th

Harry Maguire: Sealed second goal in two games with a well-timed header from the corner, nice distribution from behind and enjoyed license to roam forward. Lifted off at halftime 7th

Conor Coady: Wiped the occasional long ball forward but an otherwise quiet night for the Wolves defender who took off the armband when Kane left 7th

Tyrone Mings: Has handled one of the very few counterattacks from San Marino well and scored his first England goal with a neat header from a cross from Alexander-Arnold 7th

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Found it difficult to get into the game early with San Marino sitting so deep but showed their quality with assists for Mings, Abraham and Saka as the game opened in the second half 8th

Bukayo-Saka: Lively in the role of left full-back, showing neat footwork to set up the second and seventh goals before the 10th goal 8th

Jude Bellingham: I kept things simple so attacking players could do the damage and was unlucky that the goal was eliminated with a wild shot 8th

Kalvin Phillips: Easy night for the Leeds midfielder who found plenty of room in the base of England’s midfield as San Marino fell deep. Little to do before coming off at halftime 7th

Phil Foden: Dangerous if you fall deep and thread through balls, for Saka and Kane. Lifted off at halftime 7th

Emile Smith Rowe: Movement turned out to be too much for San Marino’s amateurs and went well with Arsenal club-mate Saka, setting up Kane’s fourth goal and crowning the bright performance with England’s seventh 8th

Harry Kane: He continued his productive form for England with two expertly executed penalties and two other excellent open game placements as he got closer to Wayne Rooney’s record 9

Ben Chillwell: Looked lively after being substituted on at half time and rushed to face England’s attackers 7th

Reece James: Came as a central midfielder after replacing Kane after an hour and looked confident enough outside his usual position 6th

John Stones: Little can be done in the deadly moments when England’s offensive players strike San Marino with their swords 6th

Conor Gallagher: Looked fine on the big stage and fired an excellent cross-field pass at Smith Rowe within minutes of his debut. Missed a good chance to score 7th

Tammy Abraham: Missed the excellent chance of England’s seventh place by shooting over the crossbar, but then Smith Rowe came up with an excellent touch and then the 10th. Received an absurd yellow card and was unlucky to be ruled out another header for a foul became 7th

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