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Southgate on cloud nine after England U21 break record

Gareth Southgate was in a jubilant mood after his England U21 side produced a record-breaking 9-0 win over San Marino on Tuesday.

The Young Lions hammered their rivals in Shrewsbury to remain three points clear in Group 1 of qualifying for the 2015 European U21 championships, beating the U21 teams seven-goal margins of 1976 and 2009.

Doubles from Raheem Sterling and Danny Ings and single goals from Michael Keane, James Ward-Prowse, Tom Ince, Carl Jenkinson and Will Hughes gave Southgate's side a stunning victory and he was pleased after seeing his players kick on after Thursday's 3-0 win over Finland.

"I was particularly pleased with the attitude and the hunger to the end to do the right thing and to keep wanting to go forward," said Southgate.

"It would have been easy for us to get sloppy and start the game in a sloppy way.

"I picked a team which I thought would move the ball in the way they did. The response tonight was excellent.

"It has been a really encouraging three months to see the quality we've got in depth and to see that it can be enjoyable to play in an England shirt.

"They played with freedom, they are playing with a smile on their faces."

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