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San Marino v England Live Commentary, 16/11/21

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0 - 10
SMR
ENG
H. Maguire (6)
F. Fabbri (15 og)
H. Kane (27 pen)
H. Kane (31)
H. Kane (39 pen)
H. Kane (42)
E. Smith Rowe (58)
T. Mings (69)
T. Abraham (78)
B. Saka (79)
Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle

Commentary

England have romped to next year's World Cup, then, while poor old San Marino have suffered another soul-destroying defeat. Let's hope 2022 is kind to both of them. That's all for now. Goodbye!
England have won Group I by six points in the end as Hungary have won 2-1 away to Poland. Poland will now have to navigate the playoffs if they are to qualify for Qatar. San Marino finish bottom with a goal difference of -43. England have made impressively light work of what could have been a tricky group. They'll fancy their chances against anyone in just over a year's time.
England have qualified for next year's World Cup, scoring 10 in a 10-out-of-10 performance! Sorry San Marino were the unsuspecting victims of a ruthless mauling by the Three Lions, who ended the game with six different players on the scoresheet. Kane was especially clinical, finding the net four times in the first half. 2021 has been a vintage year for Southgate and his men.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: SAN MARINO 0-10 ENGLAND
90' + 1' Gallagher twists and turns inside the area and crosses in an attempt to pick out Abraham. Abraham can't find Chilwell on the edge of the box and that's that!
90' There'll be just the one further minute of this. The England fans have started singing God Save The Queen.
88' San Marino have had a rough time all game, although going down to 10 men following Rossi's dismissal hasn't helped them. They must be glad this stuffing will soon be over.
86' England are finally taking a modicum of pity on their hapless opponents. They've started playing with slightly less urgency. Southgate's men have undoubtedly made their point.
84' Nanni goes down with cramp after a collision with Coady. Mings straightens the San Marino forward's leg to help him out.
82' Abraham has the ball in the net again as he holds off Conti to nod home from the centre of the box. Abraham's deemed to have used excessive force, so the goal's chalked off right away. It doesn't stop the England man asking for a VAR check. He won't get it.
G. Conti
F. Fabbri
San Marino
81' San Marino substitution. Fabbri goes off. Conti replaces him.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
England
79' That's Alexander-Arnold's third assist of the game and his second in about as many minutes. San Marino have been truly humbled.
B. Saka
Goal
England
79' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-10 ENGLAND! England have hit double figures! Saka snaffles a goal from inside the six-yard box, converting yet another fantastic cross from Alexander-Arnold.
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
England
79' That was another excellent delivery by Alexander-Arnold and a 10-goal outing for England is in sight. The away fans are certainly chanting for it.
T. Abraham
Goal
England
78' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-9 ENGLAND! Abraham won't be denied his goal this time. The Roma striker chests down Alexander-Arnold's high cross and shoots on the turn to find the bottom left corner.
A. Grandoni
L. Lunadei
San Marino
74' San Marino bring on another sacrificial lamb. Lunadei makes way for Grandoni.
J. Stones
E. Smith Rowe
England
73' Smith Rowe heads off with a goal and an assist. It's been a successful first start for England for him. Stones replaces him.
T. Abraham
Yellow Card
England
73' To rub salt into the wound, Abraham is booked for harming Lunadei. It was admittedly clumsy by Abraham but by no means malicious. That seems a very harsh decision.
72' NO GOAL FOR ENGLAND! The goal is ruled out due to a foul in the build-up. Abraham accidentally clipped Lunadei as he backheeled the ball into Gallagher's path. It stays San Marino 0-8 England.
71' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-9 ENGLAND! Boos ring out around the stadium for the first time as England make it nine. Gallagher's scuffed effort comes back off the post and the visitors keep the chance alive. Bellingham smashes the ball straight through Benedettini and into the net. Hang on. VAR is taking a look at an offence of some sort...
T. Alexander-Arnold
Assist
England
69' San Marino were foolish to give England a free-kick when they've got a set-piece specialist like Alexander-Arnold on the pitch. Even for the hosts, this is getting ignominious.
T. Mings
Goal
England
69' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-8 ENGLAND! England get their eighth goal with ease as Mings nods in Alexander-Arnold's typically excellent cross. This scoreline could enter double figures.
67' Gallagher's great turn allows him to beat Rossi just outside the box. The San Marino defender brings down the substitute and receives a yellow card. It's his second of the game, so he's dismissed.
66' San Marino are getting bolder. Enrico Golinucci fires way off-target from range. Ramsdale had nothing to worry about in the England goal.
64' Gallagher gets an opportunity to find the net himself, reaching a loose ball to slash into the arms of Benedettini from the centre of the box. The Crystal Palace man couldn't have hoped for a better chance to get his first England goal.
R. James
H. Kane
England
63' Kane's game is coming to an end. It may have been against limited opposition but scoring four goals in any game is still impressive. The Chelsea right-back James replaces him.
60' England are showing no signs of letting up on San Marino just yet. The visitors' performance so far has been ruthless.
T. Abraham
Assist
England
58' Abraham will be glad to be involved with a goal having missed a golden chance seconds earlier. His deft touch has given Smith Rowe a moment to remember for years to come.
E. Smith Rowe
Goal
England
58' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-7 ENGLAND! Smith Rowe grabs his first England goal with a lovely finish! Saka puts in an inviting cross from the right and the 21-year-old gets on the end of Abraham's back heel to smash home from the centre of the box.
57' Kane fires wide from outside the box. The England captain isn't prepared to settle for just the four goals.
56' Abraham blows a chance to put England 7-0 up. Kane slides his strike partner into the box and the Roma man misjudges his dink over the onrushing Benedettini, lofting way over the crossbar.
Manuel Battistini
Yellow Card
San Marino
54' Manuel Battistini loses control and slides in on Smith Rowe down England's left. The San Marino captain's shown a yellow card for the indiscretion.
54' Abraham runs into traffic and rolls the ball to Alexander-Arnold who soon loses out. England are finding things slightly tougher since their half-time shakeup.
52' Smith Rowe cheekily tries to chip Benedettini from just inside the box but it's not powerful enough to give the San Marino goalkeeper any real issues.
50' England remain on top, although the pace of the game has understandably slowed.
48' Smith Rowe swings in a right-footed cross from the corner of the box towards Abraham. The flag goes up against Abraham for a push in the box.
47' The second half is now underway. England have switched to a 4-4-2.
C. Gallagher
K. Phillips
England
47' Gallagher replaces Phillips to make his senior debut for England.
T. Abraham
P. Foden
England
47' Foden also gets a rest after a productive first half. Abraham joins Kane up front.
B. Chilwell
H. Maguire
England
47' England decide now's a good time to give some other players a runout. Maguire gets an early rest. The Chelsea man Chilwell takes his place on the pitch.
A. Golinucci
A. Hirsch
San Marino
46' Hirsch's game for San Marino is over. Alessandro Golinucci comes on.
M. Vitaioli
F. Tomassini
San Marino
46' San Marino's other wing-back Fabio Tomassini also goes off. Vitaioli is his replacement.
L. Censoni
A. D'Addario
San Marino
46' San Marino make changes at half-time. D'Addario goes off. Censoni replaces him.
England will be looking to beat their previous record win away to San Marino, their 8-0 victory here in March 2013. Although they have the game well won already, Southgate's players will no doubt stay professional in the second half and continue to try scoring.
England head in at the break with a very healthy lead and World Cup qualification surely secured. The Three Lions are just too hot for San Marino to handle. Kane bagged four goals in the first half alone and will be greedy for more. San Marino are just going to have to ride out what is likely to become an even heavier defeat.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: SAN MARINO 0-6 ENGLAND
45' + 1' Saka has been lively down the left for England. The Arsenal man skips onto his right foot to fire in as his teammates line themselves up in the box. His effort at goal flies high and wide.
45' Smith Rowe charges into the box and has the ball stolen away from him. There'll be two more minutes of this for now.
44' England keep on coming. Kane drifts out to the left to receive the ball and cross in. Benedettini lifts his arms to catch it without any difficulty.
H. Kane
Goal
England
42' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-6 ENGLAND! Kane grabs his fourth goal of the half, drifting past two San Marino defenders in the box to slot into the bottom left corner. He's the first England player to score four goals in a game since Ian Wright in 1993, also against San Marino.
41' England have had 81 per cent possession so far and 13 shots to San Marino's one. It will be no surprise to learn that this is a total mismatch.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
England
39' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-5 ENGLAND! Kane's second penalty is even more convincing than his first as he blasts the ball unerringly into the top left corner. You have to feel for San Marino. Life never gets any easier for them.
A. D'Addario
Yellow Card
San Marino
38' D'Addario is San Marino's latest player to be booked. Kane now has the chance to grab a second first-half hat-trick in consecutive games.
37' PENALTY TO ENGLAND! Saka torments San Marino's defenders to the left of the box before eventually centring the ball from the byline. Kane heads straight at D'Addario who clumsily handles the ball. The referee points to the spot straight away.
35' Kane is sniffing a hat-trick already as he lurks in the box waiting for the right service. Foden is stopped by Rossi down the right. Phillips soon gets the ball back for England though.
33' Chance for San Marino! Nanni goes for goal from outside the box and forces Ramsdale to dive to his right to tip the shot out for a corner. England see the corner out as Ramsdale swipes clear, but that would have been a turn up for the books had that gone in.
E. Smith Rowe
Assist
England
31' Smith Rowe will be delighted to have got an assist for England here, even against such limited opposition. He can't have hoped for a gentler first game to start for his country.
H. Kane
Goal
England
31' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-4 ENGLAND! This is too easy for England. Smith Rowe clips the ball into the box from the left. Kane scruffily hooks it into the far bottom corner with his left foot.
30' Foden cuts inside onto his left foot and opens up his body to fire a peach of a pass towards Saka who's making a beeline into the box. Saka manages to connect with it, although Benedettini is well-placed to stop his shot.
28' Kane has now scored 13 goals for England in 2021. No player has ever scored more in a calendar year for the Three Lions. He's broken his own previous record of 12 in 2019, which he jointly held with George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
England
27' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-3 ENGLAND! Kane sends Benedettini the wrong way and smashes the penalty down the middle high into the net. The England captain is easing himself back into form after a lacklustre past few months.
D. Rossi
Yellow Card
San Marino
26' Rossi is shown the yellow card for his clumsy handling of the ball. Kane is preparing to take the penalty kick.
24' PENALTY TO ENGLAND! The referee heads to the pitchside monitor to take a look at the incident and comes back on to point to the spot! It's an easy decision for the official. Rossi had his arm way above his head when Foden struck the ball and it did take a slight deflection off his arm.
22' Phillips finds Saka in space down the left again and England's forwards line up in the box for the Arsenal man's delivery. Foden goes for an ambitious overhead kick which whistles wide of goal. There's a VAR check for a potential handball by Rossi.
21' Benedettini's punt forward is intercepted and England are back om the attack. Kane dances his way through a crowd of Sammarinese defenders but can't feed Phillips to his right.
20' Mularoni wins possession for San Marino but the hosts aren't able to do anything with it before they give the ball away again. England rebuild and Foden finds Kane. Rossi slides in to prevent Alexander-Arnold from crossing as he arrives in support.
18' Bellingham lets rip with a low effort at goal from outside the box. It's straight at Benedettini who drops down to grab it.
F. Tomassini
Yellow Card
San Marino
16' Fabio Tomassini receives the game's first yellow card for tugging Foden's shirt. The San Marino wing-back was well-beaten.
F. Fabbri
Own Goal
San Marino
15' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-2 ENGLAND! This could be a long game for San Marino. Saka jinks into the box and smashes towards goal. The Arsenal man's effort is heading wide until Fabbri pokes a leg out and diverts it past Benedettini.
14' San Marino earn a free-kick in England's half as Mings clambers over Nanni, giving them a rare opportunity to put the ball into the visitors' box. The Sammarinese keep the pressure on until Foden is able to carry England forward again.
12' Alexander-Arnold loops a direct ball over the top in search of Kane. Benedettini anticipates it well and catches it.
10' England pop the ball around without a care in the world. Saka whips the ball in from the left and Smith Rowe's header at the far post is blocked by Rossi. That was nearly a great moment for the England youngster.
8' England force another corner down their left. This time San Marino survive unscathed as Bellingham nods wide of goal from Foden's delivery. The underdogs are under the cosh already though.
P. Foden
Assist
England
6' Foden's corner was highly inviting and Maguire had an easy job of meeting it. The Manchester United man's celebration is more diplomatic than the one he made when he scored against Albania a few days ago.
H. Maguire
Goal
England
6' GOAL! SAN MARINO 0-1 ENGLAND! That didn't take long! Foden whips in a delightful corner. Maguire gets on the end of it in the centre of the box to power a header past Benedettini into the bottom right corner.
5' England earn two corners in a row with the first conceded by Enrico Golinucci. Southgate's men are looking confident already.
3' England patiently pass the ball around, looking to find space behind San Marino's back five. Saka darts into the box from the left and flashes a cross in the direction of Kane. It whizzes past the England captain in the box and out for a throw-in.
1' And we're off!
The two teams come out onto a misty pitch in San Marino and stand for their respective national anthems. San Marino will play in an unusual Roma-esque orange and red kit to celebrate the San Marino Football Federation's 90th anniversary. England are in all-white.
Barring a historic disaster for England, there will be no upset here. England have won their seven matches against San Marino by an aggregate score of 42-1, winning 8-0 and 6-0 on their two previous visits here. The Sammarinese last avoided defeat at home in a 0-0 draw with Turkey in March 1993.
There are two changes to San Marino from their 4-0 away defeat to Hungary three days ago. The hosts switch to a back three. England change seven players from their victory over Albania, naming a team that balances experience and youth. The 21-year-old Smith Rowe makes his first start for his country after gaining his first senior cap last week.
SUBS: John Stones, Sam Johnstone, Conor Gallagher, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Tammy Abraham, Kyle Walker, Jordan Pickford.
ENGLAND (3-4-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Conor Coady, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips, Bukayo Saka; Phil Foden, Harry Kane (c), Emile Smith Rowe.
SUBS: Alessandro Golinucci, Andrea Grandoni, Luca Censoni, Eugenio Marconi, David Tomassini, Giacomo Conti, Michael Battistini, Tommaso Zafferani, Simone Benedettini, Matteo Vitaioli, Luca Ceccaroli, Kevin Zonzini.
SAN MARINO (3-5-2): Elia Benedettini; Manuel Battistini (c), Filippo Fabbri, Dante Rossi; Fabio Tomassini, Lorenzo Lunadei, Enrico Golinucci, Marcello Mularoni, Alessandro D'Addario; Nicola Nanni, Adolfo Hirsch.
Of course, England should expect far more than a nervy draw against the Sammarinese, who they defeated comfortably at Wembley earlier this year and who have lost their last 35 qualifying matches, conceding a whopping 163 goals in the process. Gareth Southgate's men should be able to hold off their nearest challengers Poland and make it to the Middle East in style.
After all but securing their World Cup qualification with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Albania at Wembley last week, Group I leaders England can seal the deal and start booking their trip to Qatar next year if they can avoid defeat here to lowly San Marino.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I match between San Marino and England at Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle.