Roy Hodgson’s England recorded their biggest victory in this millennium with an 8-0 destruction of FIFA minnows San Marino last night.
A brace from Tottenham Hotspurs’ Jermaine Defoe and five more from five other players, aided by an opening own goal by Alessandro Della Valle gave the side a comfortable win.
It all went downhill in the twelfth minute for San Marino will Della Valle’s own goal, but they managed to hold out until almost the 30 minute mark before England scored their first goal of their own.
Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed good footwork to finish coolly and before half time, there were goals from Defoe, Ashley Young and captain for the day Frank Lampard.
The second half saw Wayne Rooney score a freekick, which although went in, should have been saved, and another goal for Defoe and substitute Daniel Sturridge sealed off the win.
After the game, Hodgson was in positive mood ahead of the game against Montenegro on Tuesday.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It was nice to come away having won it comfortably, not having had any injuries or yellow cards and going to Podgorica with a lot of confidence because in the last couple of games the way we have played has been very good and we have done it against two teams as diverse as Brazil and San Marino.”
England expect to welcome back Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole for the game on Tuesday, a game that would take England top of the group, ahead of their Montenegro leaders.