England 5-0 San Marino player ratings

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England secured a 5-0 victory over minnows San Marino in this evening's European Championship qualifying clash to leave Roy Hodsgon's side with two wins from two in Group E. 

In truth, England only troubled Junior Simoncini in the San Marino goal on a couple of occasions in the opening 20 minutes, but the Three Lions eventually took the lead through an unlikely source. 

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Phil Jagielka headed home from a James Milner corner to give the hosts the lead on the 25 minute mark. England's second came from yet another set piece as Wayne Rooney was brought down in the penalty area which resulted in a penalty. The captain, himself, took it and fired the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to give England a 2-0 half-time lead. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who came on at half-time - made an instant impact as he set up Danny Welbeck who made it 3-0 just after the break. A fantastic strike from substitute Andros Townsend made it 4-0 to the Three Lions are some more good build up play from Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Rooney was instrumental in England's fifth and final goal of the evening as his cross was turned in via a huge deflection from San Marino's Alessandro Della. All-in-all, it was a good run out for Hodgson's side before Sunday's game with Estonia. 

Player Ratings 

Joe Hart 6

As expected, the Manchester City 'keeper didn't have much work to do against the minnows. Was handed one of the loudest cheers of the night just for making a pass. Another clean sheet will do him no harm, though. 

Calum Chambers 6 

It's already been a quite fantastic season for Calum Chambers and he certainly enjoyed himself this evening as he starred down the right hand side of the pitch. A steady performance by a player who is making quite the name for himself. 

Phil Jagielka 7 

Climbed well to give England the lead from a James Milner corner and enjoyed a very easy evening next to Gary Cahill in the centre of defence. He must now convince Roy Hodgson that he deserves his place in the heart of England's side. 

Gary Cahill 6 

Forced a couple of long passes when they weren't really on, but all-in-all was solid enough against minimal attack. The Chelsea centre-half is without a doubt Hodgson's No.1 defender in the heart of his defence. 

Kieran Gibbs 7 

Enjoyed himself going forward and was always an outlet down the left hand side of the pitch. He did well considering it was his first international start for four years, but tougher tests await if he really wants to make that left-back spot his own. 

Raheem Sterling 6 

Was difficult at times for Steling as San Marino were well compact, which worked against Sterling's pace. Created a couple of opportunities and almost scored in what was a decent 45-minute run out for the Liverpool winger. Replaced at half-time. 

Jack Wilshere 7

Quick with everything he did and lively throughout in the middle of the park. Sprayed passes around for fun and will hope to cement the position over the coming weeks and months. He's a player with star quality and deserves an instrumental role in the England set up. 

Jordan Henderson 6 

Enjoyed a solid opening period for Hodgson's side without really having to do that much. He's certainly slotting in well into the England midfield, though, and now looks a key man for the national side. Replaced at half-time. 

James Milner 7 

Almost provided the first assist of the game after five minutes, but Danny Welbeck's strike missed the target. Milner was able to grab the first assist of the evening, though, as his corner set up Jagielka. A selfless display once again from the Manchester City ace. Booked. 

Danny Welbeck 6 

Came close on a number of occasions throughout the first-half, but was denied for various reasons.  It didn't take him long to find the net after the break, though, as his Gunners teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked him out so he could calmly slot home. Replaced after an hour. 

Wayne Rooney 6

Took his penalty well after winning it himself. Will be glad to be back on the pitch again as he's currently serving a three game suspension for Manchester United. Missed a glorious chance on the hour mark, but made up for it to give England their fifth of the night via a deflection. 


Adam Lallana 6 

Thought he bagged England's fourth of the night after getting on the end of a Oxlade Chamberain shot, but it was ruled out for offside much to the crowds dismay. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7

Made an instant impact after coming on by setting up teammate Danny Welbeck for England's third goal of the evening. Was dangerous throughout and is a constant threat when going forward. 

Andros Townsend 7 

Scored a brilliant goal just 10 minutes after coming on. Certainly showed Hodgson what he can do in his short cameo. 

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