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England U21s 9-0 San Marino U21s

England Under-21s moved three points clear at the top of their Euro 2015 qualifying group as they dismantled San Marino in record-breaking fashion at Greenhous Meadow. 

The hosts recorded their biggest-ever win in history by completing a 9-0 rout of basement-boys San Marino, with Raheem Sterling bagging a brace, Danny Ings doing likewise, and James Ward-Prowse, Tom Ince, Carl Jenkinson, Michael Keane and Will Hughes making it an easy night for Gareth Southgate's young guns. 

The Three Lions were 5-0 ahead at half time. Michael Keane gave his country the lead when he headed home Ince's corner, and they were two up minutes later as Liverpool man Sterling hammered home from close range. 

It was game over soon after, as Ings bagged the first of his double when he diverted Ince's cross past Andrea Manzaroli. 

Three soon became four, with Ward-Prowse curling in a delightful free-kick with only 24 minutes on the clock. 

The visitors showed some resistance at four down, but could not hold out until half-time as Ince got a goal of his own to complete the quintet of goals before the break. 

It was much the same story after the restart as the young Lions quickly made it 6-0. Ings latched onto Jesse Lingard's half-hit shot to tap home his second of the match, before Sterling also completed his double to match the under-21s record win of 7-0 against Azerbaijan four years ago. 

They did not stop there, though, with Arsenal defender Jenkinson notching his first goal for England with a fine-low drive. 

And Hughes completed the 9-0 rout 12 minutes from time when he also bagged his first goal for his country when he weaved his way into San Marino's box before finishing with aplomb. 

Their latest victory see's them sit top of their group having won five and drawn one of their opening six games. It was the last international of 2013 for the future generation, and Southgate can be proud of the impressive response he's had from them since taking over from Stuart Pearce in the summer. 

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