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Eight's great as England blast past San Marino

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England set records tumbling with a comprehensive 8-0 win over minnows San Marino in their Group H World Cup Qualifier on Friday.

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe was the only double scorer on the night as the Three Lions ran riot, scoring eight for the first time since 1987 to set them up for what could be a decisive encounter against Montenegro in Podgorica on Tuesday.

It took just 12 minutes for England to get off the mark in front of a small crowd in Serravalle as Alessandro Della Valle turned the ball in to his own net from a low Leighton Baines cross.

Roy Hodgson's men required no such assistance to double their lead 16 minutes later as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slammed home from inside the area after a neat one-two with Wayne Rooney.

England sensed blood and added three more before half-time, with Defoe claiming his first of the night - Rooney playing his part again - before Ashley Young and Frank Lampard followed suit with fine efforts.

Rooney picked up where his team-mates left off after half-time, producing a contender for the goal of the night alongside Young after 54 minutes. The Manchester United man lined up a free-kick from 25-yards and bent his shot beyond the despairing grasp of Aldo Simoncini.

Daniel Sturridge emerged from the bench to replace Rooney soon after, and it didn't take long for the Liverpool forward to get his name on the scoresheet - the 7th to do so on the night; the first time England have managed such a feat since 1982.

Defoe's fine through-ball was picked up by Young, whose lofted cross found Sturridge in enough space to nod home with 20 minutes left.

Defoe rounded off a fruitful night for the Three Lions as he tucked home at the near post after a trademark burst of speed from Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker.

The morale-boosting win should stand England in good stead for their trip to take on Montenegro, who hold a two point advantage over their rivals at the top of Group H. The Three Lions will at least be assured by the fact they now have a far superior goal difference.

 

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