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EURO2016 QUALIFIERS: England put five past San Marino

England have made it two wins from two outings in Euro2016 qualifying by beating San Marino 5-0 at Wembley on Thursday night.

A couple of goals in the first half preceded three in the second half as Roy Hodgson's Three Lions got the job done against the European minnows on home soil.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka got the ball rolling in the 24th minute when he headed home James Milner's inswinging corner when San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini had tripped over the feet of a teammate.

England dominated possession but could not put scoreboard pressure on La Serenissima until skipper Wayne Rooney converted from the spot for his 42nd international goal after being brought down in the area late in the opening 45 minutes.

Hodgson replaced Liverpool's Jordan Henderson with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the break and it had an immediate effect as the Arsenal midfielder combined with club mate Danny Welbeck in the 49th minute to see the former Manchester United man slot home his third goal in two matches following his match-winning brace in Switzerland last month.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was again the architect for England's fourth goal, this time feeding fellow sub Andros Townsend who cut in from the right before placing a neat finish inside Simoncini's near post in the 72nd minute.

And the contest was well and truly wrapped up just over ten minutes from time when Rooney's angled effort took a wicked deflection off Alex Della Valle and into the back of his own net.

The victory has England happily placed at the top of the Group E table on six points, equal with Lithuania who beat Estonia 1-0, and three clear of both the Estonians and Slovenia who edged the winless Swiss 1-0.

Hodgson's side next takes on Estonia in Tallinn on Sunday while San Marino, who sit at the foot of the group, host Switzerland in Serravalle on Tuesday.

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