SERRAVALLE, San Marino: Harry Kane scored four goals in the 10-0 demolition of San Marino by the English on Monday as Gareth Southgate’s side confirmed their place for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
In fact, England only needed one point against the 210th and worst-placed football nation in the world to secure the top spot in Group I ahead of Poland. The only real question was how many goals they would score on the occasion.
Kane duly filled his boots after scoring his hat trick in Friday’s 5-0 win over Albania with four goals before half, including two penalties Gary Lineker made up for it.
Harry Maguire started the defeat with a sixth-minute header and Filippo Fabbri scored an own goal before Kane took over to give England a 6-0 lead before halftime.
Emile Smith Rowe made his debut in England in seventh place, and even after Kane was substituted, the penalty continued for San Marino, who sent Dante Rossi off in the 68th minute.
Tyrone Mings, Substitutes Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka all made the scorers list in an absurdly one-sided game that did little to boost international football’s reputation. Former England striker Michael Owen said he was « quick. » in love with international football « after witnessing a » pointless game « .
While the debate about the value of such crooked games continues, Kane didn’t care about a night when statisticians worked overtime.
He increased his calendar years for England to a new record of 16, became the first English player to score consecutive hat-tricks since Tommy Taylor in 1957, and the first to score since Ian Wright against San. Marino scored four in one game in 1993.
It was also the first time since England beat the USA 10-0 in 1964 that England had scored 10 goals in one game.
With six points England scored 39 goals in a qualifying round, with 39 goals ahead of Poland, which Robert Lewandowski spared and lost 2-1 at home to Hungary.
186 international matches, also meet Andorra, which is not much better.
It will be tougher from now on, but they will arrive as one of the favorites in Qatar.
« It was the last game, and We were expected to win tonight, but we did a good job. Fantastic to move on, « said 28-year-old Kane, who is just five goals behind England’s top scorer Wayne Rooney.
Southgate made seven changes to the team that defeated Albania, with Maguire One of the remaining was, and his pounding header from a Phil Foden corner kicked things off.
Saka’s shot was then converted into his own goal by Fabbri before referee Rade Obrenovic gave England a tough penalty against Rossi, the Fodens Volley touched his fingertips, put an unneeded hand on the hand.
Kane shot past the helpless Elia Benedettini and scored his second place after a cross from Smith Rowe in the 31st minute.
A Another penalty for handball resulted in Kane completing his fifth hat trick for England and minutes later he showed some skillful footwork to fire off his best performance of the evening.
The second half was purely academic, although it was a debut for Conor Gallagher and a disappointment for Jude Bellingham who thought he’d scored his first goal for England just to rule it out.
« We can’t help the level of our opponents do, but the mentality and the way they (England’s players) put in has been great, « said Southgate.
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