Wembley Stadium - London 12/10/2012 - 21:00CET (20:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group H

England - San Marino
5-0
 

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Five-star England brush past San Marino

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 22.53CET
England 5-0 San Marino
A double from stand-in captain Wayne Rooney helped Roy Hodgson's team record their second five-goal victory in three Group D outings.
by Wayne Harrison
Five-star England brush past San Marino
Wayne Rooney is congratulated after scoring against San Marino ©Getty Images

Match statistics

England
San Marino

5

Goals scored

0

29

Total attempts

1

16

Attempts on target

0

9

off target

1

0

blocked

0

2

against woodwork

0

16

Corners

0

0

Offsides

2

0

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

6

Fouls committed

6

6

Fouls suffered

5

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 23:14 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 22.53CET

Five-star England brush past San Marino

England 5-0 San Marino
A double from stand-in captain Wayne Rooney helped Roy Hodgson's team record their second five-goal victory in three Group D outings.

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck scored two goals apiece as England moved to the top of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group H by easing past San Marino at Wembley. 

The Manchester United FC forwards struck within two minutes of each other before and after the break following periods of stubborn resistance from the minnows. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rounded off the scoring 13 minutes from time with his first senior international goal. 

A crowd of 90,000 had descended on the national stadium expecting a glut of goals, yet, initially, they were not forthcoming as San Marino negotiated the first half-hour with few scares.

Faced with a sea of blue shirts in front of them, England were restricted to long-range openings, Oxlade-Chamberlain thwarted by a fine fingertip save from Aldo Simoncini before warming the goalkeeper's palms with a low drive.

Roy Hodgson's team ought to have made the breakthrough before they eventually did. First, stand-in captain Rooney somehow headed wide a cross from Tom Cleverley and Welbeck, following up after Michael Carrick had rattled the crossbar, struck the upright.

If the capacity crowd were getting restless, their anxiety eased when Simoncini sent Welbeck tumbling. Rooney converted the resulting penalty with ease. One quickly became two as Aaron Lennon – an early substitute for Theo Walcott, who was injured in a collision with the goalkeeper – crossed for Welbeck to adroitly flick into the net.

Carrick was denied his first international goal by the legs of Simoncini eight minutes after the restart, his last significant act before being replaced by debutant Jonjo Shelvey. Four minutes later Rooney stroked in his second from the edge of the penalty area, a goal which lifts him into fifth on England's all-time scoring list.

Welbeck added to the lead by turning in a low ball from Cleverley, with Oxlade-Chamberlain curling in number five after 77 minutes. A sterner test awaits Hodgson's charges in Poland on Tuesday.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.35CET

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Lineup

England

England

San Marino

San Marino

1Joe Hart (GK)1Aldo Simoncini (GK)
Yellow Card34
2Kyle Walker2Fabio Vitaioli
Substitution84
3Leighton Baines3Mirko Palazzi
4Michael Carrick
Substitution66
4Cristian Brolli
5Phil Jagielka5Davide Simoncini
6Gary Cahill6Alessandro Della Valle (C)
7Theo Walcott
Substitution10
7Enrico Cibelli
8Tom Cleverley8Matteo Coppini
Substitution76
9Danny Welbeck
Goal37
Goal72
9Michele Cervellini
10Wayne Rooney (C)
Goal35
Goal70
Substitution73
10Danilo Rinaldi
Yellow Card65
Substitution79
11Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Goal77
11Alex Gasperoni

Substitutes

12Ashley Cole12Federico Valentini (GK)
13John Ruddy (GK)13Simone Bacciocchi
Substitution84
14Joleon Lescott14Gianluca Bollini
15Ryan Shawcross15Lorenzo Buscarini
Substitution76
16James Milner16Manuel Marani
17Jonjo Shelvey
Substitution66
17Pier Filippo Mazza
18Adam Johnson18Andy Selva
Substitution79
19Aaron Lennon
Substitution10
19Damiano Vannucci
20Andy Carroll
Substitution73
20Matteo Vitaioli
21Jermain Defoe
22Fraser Forster (GK)

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Giampaolo Mazza (SMR)

Referee

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Saulius Dirda (LTU)

Fourth official

Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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