The Wembley match wasn’t the only one on Thursday night. Many of the major names were in play, while a couple more home nations started their World Cup qualification campaigns.
Here’s a rundown of England v/s San Marino
England got off to a strong start in their campaign, beating San Marino 5-0 with a rotated XI.
Both James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins scored their first goals for England, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice and Raheem Sterling scored his 14th international goal.
England kicked off their qualifying bid for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a 5-0 victory over FIFA’s lowest-ranked team San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Thursday, with Ollie Watkins scoring on his international debut and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring twice.
England should have prevailed by much more and had a slew of opportunities before James Ward-Prowse ended the deadlock on 14 minutes, but Calvert-header Lewin’s (21) and Raheem Sterling’s finish (31) gave them a comfortable lead at the break.
Calvert-Lewin added a fourth (53) from Jesse Lingard’s cutback, and Watkins (83) came off the bench to add a sixth to mark his emergence from League Two football to the international stage.
San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini’s outstanding effort limited England to the very modest return from their 32 shots on target – through the visitors never came close to replicating their iconic goal against England in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers.
San Marino managed just two shots on goal, as Gareth Southgate recorded his 30th victory as England’s manager in his 50th game.
San Marino is ranked 210th in the world, have never won a major tournament qualifier, and have now lost 44 of their last 44 in World Cup qualification, but rather than the result, the dilemma for England was which players will push for a spot in the squad for this summer’s European Championships.