England thrash San Marino 8-0

England thumped San Marino 8-0 in their World Cup qualifying clash.

England recorded their biggest victory since 1987 as they swept aside Group H minnows San Marino 8-0 in Serravalle.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored twice to head a lengthy list of scorers that also included Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and substitute Daniel Sturridge, who netted his first international goal, Rio Ferdinand was the subject of taunts from the travelling support.

Should he ever appear for his country again, the 34-year-old can be certain of a hostile welcome, and there is no doubt Roy Hodgson has ended on the positive side of the ledger.

Indeed, until Montenegro managed a goal in Chisinau, 11 minutes from the end of their meeting with Moldova, it looked like being one of the best days Hodgson has had since replacing Fabio Capello last May.

But Mirko Vucinic's effort means England remain two points behind Montenegro as they set off for Tuesday's World Cup assignment in Podgorica, although with 20 goals from their five games so far, Hodgson's men are unquestionably the most entertaining team in Group H.

 
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