England thump minnows San Marino to qualify for Euro 2016

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England cruise into the European Championships next year with their seventh win in as many games, thumping minnows San Marino 6-0.

England are the first team to reach the tournament from the qualifiers and they join France who automatically qualify as the host nation.

Roy Hodgson went with a somewhat under strength side, and who can blame him for wanting to give some of his second string players a run out, in a game that was almost impossible to lose.


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After impressive starts to the domestic season, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy were both awarded a full cap, and Everton's young duo of Ross Barkley and John Stones were also on the team sheet.

Joe Hart retained his place in goal with Wayne Rooney upfront. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Phil Jagielka, Luke Shaw and James Milner made up the England starting 11.

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Captain Rooney went into the game needing 1 goal to equal Bobby Charlton's legendary goal scoring record and two to become England's outright leading goalscorer ever.

And how fitting that it would be Rooney that opened the scoring from the penalty spot, after a bizarre decision by the referee which left both sets of fans bemused.

Rooney was joined on the score sheet by Ross Barkley, and substitute's Harry Kane, who scored a delightful chip, and Theo Walcott with a quick fire brace and should have maybe had a hat trick. An own goal from a Luke Shaw cross in the first half was the only other notable event.

England can rest easy now going into Tuesday's qualifier at Wembley against Switzerland, and perhaps now we will see Roy Hodgson experiment with his team, perhaps blooding some more youngsters.

Despite the 6-0 score line, it was a classic England performance, relatively dull with moments of brilliance, and my man of the match was Jonjo Shelvey. He looked calm and composed in midfield, and his vision was first rate.

Let's not get carried away because England won 6-0, after all it was San Marino.

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