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October 13, 2012 6:00 AM EST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ G. Mažeika‎
Attendance:‬ 86645‎
 
35′ (PG) Wayne Rooney
 
 
70′ Wayne Rooney
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck
England
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
England
Flop of the Match
Matteo Coppini
Matteo Coppini
San Marino
Aldo Junior Simoncini
Aldo Junior Simoncini
San Marino

England 5-0 San Marino: Welbeck & Rooney both bag two as hosts extend Group H lead

The stand-in skipper climbs to fifth in the all-time Three Lions scoring charts to help Roy Hodgson's team defeat the minnows in a one-sided affair to go top of Group H

FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier, England v San Marino, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley
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By Wayne Veysey at Wembley Stadium

Public executions were popular sport in medieval times and there is clearly still a market for it, given the interest here in England’s efficient 5-0 annihilation of San Marino.


A crowd of 84,564 braved the Friday night rush hour traffic and the chilly tingle of October to watch Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck doubles and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s debut international goal condemn the world’s joint-worst team to a hiding.

The goals were greeted with some jubilation by the home supporters, many of whom had taken advantage of the FA’s commendable policy of slashing ticket prices to as low as £60 for a family of four.

But this modest occasion, pitting the team ranked fifth in the world against one sharing a 207th billing with Bhutan and the Turks & Caicos Islands, was played out to the soundtrack of a tame atmosphere, bar the unflinching efforts of the trumpeter in the England band.

The football was as tepid as England’s domination was total, with the crowd erupting in ironic applause when Ezequiel Rinaldi Danilo broke forward in the 65th minute and had San Marino’s first shot on goal.

Roy Hodgson could celebrate a routine win and three points ahead of Tuesday’s testing trip to Poland. But there was little else of note, other than Rooney’s second goal being his 31st in England colours, leapfrogging him above Alan Shearer, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse to fifth in the country’s goalscoring rankings.

However, there was a sour note for England, as well as Arsenal, in the shape of a serious injury to Theo Walcott.

He was on the receiving end of a horrible challenge in the fourth minute from San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini, who charged out of his area, jumped up and clattered the onrushing winger in the ribs.

A winded Walcott eventually groggily got to his feet and was escorted to the touchline by England doctor Ian Beasley before a stretcher was summoned to take him around the perimeter of the pitch. He was replaced on the right flank by Aaron Lennon.

Simoncini was not a popular figure among the home fans for the recklessness of his challenge but he demonstrated his athleticism with some fine reflex saves as England struggled to make their hoarding of possession count during the opening third of the match.

It was not surprising he had plenty of work. The visitors had no ambition beyond damage limitation. They sat deep, made no attempt to construct an attack of note and set themselves up as if manager Giampaolo Mazza had banned them from leaving their own half.

Inevitably, Roy Hodgson’s team carved out plenty of chances but there was a blunt edge to the attack.
 
It took 35 minutes and a penalty to break the deadlock. Seconds after hitting the post with a left-foot strike, Danny Welbeck was upended in the box and Rooney, wearing the captain’s armband, stepped up to smash in the penalty.

Two minutes later, Welbeck showed his cute backheel against Sweden at Euro 2012 was no fluke by scoring in almost identical fashion.

The expected avalanche did not materialise until the final quarter of the match. Rooney thumped in his second following excellent work by debutant Jonjo Shelvey, Welbeck matched his Manchester United colleague by doubling his account and Oxlade-Chamberlain made it five with a smart chip.



England

1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
3.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
3.00
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
3.00
3
Leighton Baines
Defender
3.50
6
Phil Jagielka
Defender
3.00
16
Michael Carrick
Midfielder
66′
3.00
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
72′ 77′
3.00
15
3.50
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
37′ 72′
4.00
14
Theo Walcott
Striker
10′
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10
Wayne Rooney
Striker
35′ 70′ 73′
4.00

San Marino

1.50
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2.00
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1.50
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2.00
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2.00
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1.50
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2.00
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2.00
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Alex Gasperoni
Midfielder
1.50
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Enrico Cibelli
Midfielder
1.50
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Matteo Coppini
Midfielder
76′

Substitutes

1
Fraser Forster
Goalkeeper
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1
John Ruddy
Goalkeeper
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3
Ashley Cole
Defender
 - 
6
 - 
17
 - 
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
 - 
7
James Milner
Midfielder
 - 
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
66′
3.00
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
10′ 37′ 70′
3.50
9
3.00
18
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Substitutes

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Pier Mazza
Defender
2.00
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 - 
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Andy Selva
Striker
79′
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Manuel Marani
Midfielder
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man. United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Man City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0