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England enjoy routine win over San Marino in World Cup 2022 Qualifier

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England 5 – 0 San Marino

England’s opening World Cup qualifier was never going to be a real test for Gareth Southgate’s men and in fairness few believed that they would hit top gear at any point, however this certainly wasn’t the sort of game that we have come to expect with little in the way of technical brilliance and no need for clinical finishing against a team that are largely made up off office workers and car salesmen.

It’s difficult to know what we can take from this routine win, other than to mention that Ollie Watkins found the net on his Three Lions debut. Watkins was on loan to Exeter City from Weston-super-Mare AFC just over six years back with no disrespect to anyone, it’s likely that either of the latter two sides could have beaten San Marino last night.

 

 

Raheem Sterling started as captain until he handed the armband to Conor Coady in the later stages, Harry Kane was rested, Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled his senior England goal-tally to four by finding the net twice against a side which have never before won a competitive match, and Jude Bellingham became the youngest player to appear in a World Cup qualifier for England at just 17 years and nine months old when he was brought on as a substitute in the second half. Other than that, there was little to excite in what as an expected win and the only real obstacle to the game finishing in double figures was England’s somewhat erratic finishing and the impressive performance of Elia Benedettino between the San Marino sticks.

In fairness this was a completely forgettable demolition of a side ranked as the worst on the planet and while some may wonder what the point of it all was, it does at least get England off to a positive start ahead of some more testing encounters on the way to Qatar.