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Good evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for tonight's Euro 2016 qualifier between England and San Marino. The hosts come into this match as overwhelming favourites against the minnows and will be looking to improve their goal difference in what is expected to be their easiest fixture of the qualifying campaign. Let's start with a look at our hosts tonight...
Roy Hodgson's side made a fine start to their qualifying campaign for the European Championships, overcoming what will probably be their toughest test last month in Basel. Switzerland, ranked as one of the world's top 10 teams, are expected to challenge England for top spot in Group E, but a brace from Danny Welbeck saw the Three Lions pick up an early but vital three points.
Hodgson will now be confident that his side can win every game in the qualifying stages, with the likes of Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia not expected to cause many problems for his side. Switzerland at Wembley is, on paper at least, the match that they are now most likely to drop points in, but England have a fine record in front of their own fans in qualifying matches, so that victory in Basel could be their ticket to a perfect record in the build-up to France 2016.
That would certainly take a lot of the gloom away from what was a disappointing summer in Brazil as England were dumped out of the World Cup having failed to notch up a single victory. They finished bottom of their group and, while they were not a million miles away from picking up something against Uruguay and Italy, they still did not deserve to progress and rightly exited at the first hurdle for the first time since 1958.
The mood around the national side was not helped by their last Wembley outing either. A record low crowd of 40,181 turned up to match a dull and uninspiring victory over Norway in a warm-up friendly for the match against Switzerland. Of course, the win in Basel has made things look a little brighter now, but Hodgson will know that improvement is needed at home if they are to really capture the waning imaginations of the England faithful.
A lot of the talk in the build-up to this match has surrounded the performance, rather than how many goals England will score. That is an important issue, as England rarely struggle for results in front of their own fans - particularly in competitive fixtures. They have won all three of their home matches this year without conceding a single goal, although the victories over Denmark, Peru and Norway were not the most thrilling of games for those at Wembley. A good performance is the number one priority today - with three points almost guaranteed - and a resounding scoreline would simply be an added bonus.
It would probably be the biggest shock in football history if San Marino were to come away with anything from this match, so Roy Hodgson can be pretty confident that his side will emerge victorious. Should they do so, it would be the first time that they have won three games in a row for more than four years, since a spell in August and September 2010. Defeats have been relatively few and far between during that time, but draws have prevented the Three Lions from really stringing a good winning run together.
Qualifying is not usually an issue for England, though, and they have not lost a single qualifying game since October 2009, when they were beaten 1-0 by Ukraine. That run stretches back 20 matches, nine of which have come in European Championship qualifying. The last time they lost in one of these games was way back in 2007, when Croatia ensured that Steve McClaren's side would not be going to Euro 2008. That, incidentally, was also the last time that they lost a home competitive match.
They will go into this match knowing that they won't be ending that particular record this evening, with lowly San Marino the visitors to Wembley. A cliche in modern football is that there are no longer any easy matches, but this is certainly one of them. Usually you'd be hesitant of saying anything is a guaranteed win for one side - especially a team like England - but this is as close as you will come to a gimme.
San Marino come into this match on the back of 59 consecutive defeats in all competitions, a run that stretches back more than a decade to April 2004. They have never won a competitive fixture and have only tasted success once in their 123 outings including friendlies - beating Liechtenstein 1-0 10 years ago.
That result is arguably San Marino's greatest ever moment in football, although one that might run it close is when they scored against England in 1993. David Gualleri scored after just 8.3 seconds of a qualifying match against the Three Lions - a strike that remains the fastest ever in World Cup qualifying history. It was also the only time that San Marino have ever taken the lead in a competitive fixture, although they did go on to lose the match 7-1. That was still not enough to see England qualify for the 1994 World Cup, however, and it turned out to be Graham Taylor's final match in charge of the team.
It won't surprise you to hear that they lost their opening match of the current qualifying campaign, although a 2-0 defeat to Lithuania is actually fairly respectable by their usual standards. There are a few teams that English fans may regard as minnows in Group E, but San Marino are expected to finish bottom of the pile, and it would be quite a big surprise if they picked up a single point along the way.
Indeed, they have only avoided defeat in competitive fixtures on two previous occasions, drawing with Latvia in April 2001 and with Turkey in 1993. Both of those came in qualifying for the World Cup, meaning that they have lost every single one of their 57 qualifying matches for the European Championship. During that time, they have conceded a whopping 255 goals - an average of 4.5 per game, while scoring just six.
What minor success they have had has all come in front of their own fans too. San Marino have never won a match away from home, while they are without a goal on their travels since scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with Liechtenstein. That result came all the way back in August 2003 - a run of more than 11 years and 38 matches since their last scored an away international goal.
They are, unsurprisingly, the joint-lowest ranked team in the world according to FIFA. They sit 208th in the current rankings, level with Bhutan as the worst international team recognised by football's governing body. Despite all of that, however, manager Pierangelo Mazaroli has refused to completely rule out springing an upset at Wembley tonight. He conceded that his side may have to play in damage limitation mode, but mused that a first competitive win had to come sometime. It would be the lowest moment in the history of the English national side if it was to come tonight, that is for sure.
TEAM NEWS: Right, the teams are in for both sides, and the headline news from the England camp is that Calum Chambers makes his first start for his country. He is joined in the team by Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs, while in-form James Milner also gets the nod. Rooney and Welbeck lead the line as expected, with Sterling in support. Full team news for both sides coming right up...
ENGLAND STARTING XI: Hart; Chambers, Jagielka, Cahill, Gibbs; Wilshere, Henderson, Milner; Sterling, Welbeck, Rooney
SAN MARINO STARTING XI: Simoncini; Palazzi, Della Valle, F Vitaioli, Buscarini; Coppini, M Vitaioli, Cervellini, Tosi; Selva, Rinaldi
So, what can we make of those two teams? Well, starting with England, Hodgson said that he was not going to make wholesale changes from the Switzerland victory and he has stuck to his word, keeping the main bulk of the side that won in Basel last month. The manager has made four changes overall, with Chambers, Gibbs, Milner and Jagielka coming into the fold.
The front three is as expected, with Sterling, Rooney and Welbeck leading the line for England tonight. It will be interesting to see how Hodgson's deploys that trio, however, with the position of Sterling a key factor. The option of a three-pronged attack, with Welbeck and Sterling out wide and Rooney in the middle, is an option, although Hodgson could opt to go instead with the diamond formation, putting Sterling in behind a front two of Welbeck and Rooney. The Liverpool youngster is still awaiting his first senior international goal, and tonight is a great chance for him to get it.
Rooney will also be particularly keen to get on the scoresheet tonight as he edges ever closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record for England. Rooney now has 41 international goals to his name, eight short of Charlton, and the captain would also catch the great Jimmy Greaves with a hat-trick tonight. Rooney has played down his own goalscoring feats for his country, but a decent haul tonight will help to take his mind off his recent red card for United.
Welbeck, meanwhile, is another who will be eager to prove a point tonight. The Arsenal striker has made a good start to life at the Emirates, scoring four times in six appearances for his new club so far. Three of those goals did come against a poor Galatasaray defence, but it is still an impressive record for a player who has previously been criticised for not scoring enough goals. He was not involved enough against Chelsea last weekend, but did score twice against Switzerland last month to hand the Three Lions a crucial victory.
Elsewhere, James Milner has been awarded for his recent good form for Manchester City with a place in the starting lineup as he wins his 51st cap for his country. He has started four of City's last five games, helping the champions to a fine run of form that has seen them rise up to second in the Premier League table. He joins Henderson, who has also been in good form himself, and Jack Wilshere in a dynamic England midfield.
At the back, there is a fourth cap for Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, who has been preferred to Leighton Baines tonight. On the other flank, Calum Chambers is thrust straight into the side despite being a late call-up to replace the injured John Stones. Jagielka is also restored to the starting lineup having been dropped last month, while Cahill again lines up in front of Joe Hart - who some thought might miss out tonight.
As for San Marino, their star name is Andy Selva up front, although at 38 years old there may not be too much left in the tank. He is his country's highest ever goalscorer with eight in 66 games, while this evening will take him to within one game of the all-time appearance record. At the back, Della Valle is making his 50th cap, although he will have sour memories of England having scored an own goal the last time these two teams met.
PREDICTION: We're 10 minutes from kickoff at Wembley, which means that it is time for a prediction! There is no question about which way this match will go tonight, the only thing to predict is just how many goals England will manage. Double figures is not out of the question and, although Hodgson has stressed that he'd rather see his side play well than rack up the goals, a good performance against a side like San Marino is likely to result in a big scoreline. I don't quite see Hodgson's men reaching double figures, but I do expect it to be emphatic. I'll go for 8-0.
That was, incidentally, the scoreline the last time these two teams met. That came during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup as Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe (2), Young, Lampard, Rooney and Sturridge all joined a Della Valle own goal on the scoresheet to run out convincing winners. The last time these two met at Wembley, England managed 'just' the five goals, with Rooney and Welbeck each notching a brace and Oxlade-Chamberlain adding another.
Overall, these two sides have met each other four times before, with England leading by an aggregate score of 26-1. That famous goal for San Marino still ranks among their greatest ever footballing achievements, and you can be sure that the visitors will celebrate as if they have just won the World Cup should they manage to score again tonight. They are not expected to pose England any problems in that department, but it is a relatively unfamiliar back four for the hosts, so they may get one chance to shock Wembley with a goal.
England's 8-0 victory over San Marino in their last meeting - which came in March 2013 - was the first time that they had scored eight goals in a game for more than 25 years, since a victory by the same scoreline over Turkey in October 1987. As I mentioned earlier, double figures is not out of the question this evening and, as much as Hodgson stresses indifference, I'm sure he'd love to see his side reach that milestone tonight.
There are, of course, a number of other qualifying matches taking place tonight, and I will keep you updated with events from around the continent as and when they happen.
KICKOFF: San Marino get is underway in front of a sparse crowd out Wembley, although the attendance still comfortably outnumbers the entire population of the visiting country. How many goals will these fans be treated to?
As expected, England have taken control of the ball nice and early as they look to break down what will be a fiercely defensive San Marino outfit. The referee has already had stern words once about a strong challenge on Sterling, and England can expect a lot of that treatment tonight.
The San Marino keeper has just conceded an indirect free kick inside his own box having caught the ball, played it out in front of him and then picked it up once more. An early chance for England, although it is from a tight angle.
SAVE! The ball is shifted a yard to the right to create a better angle for Rooney, whose curling effort towards the near post is beaten away by Simoncini. England rework it and find Welbeck in the middle, but his strike hits Jagielka and goes wide.
England have opted for a midfield diamond as expected, and interestingly it is Milner who has been deployed at the base. Wilshere operated there against Switzerland, but the versatile Milner has been chosen there this evening.
It may well be a question of patience for England tonight. San Marino have so many blue shirts back at all times and they are defending so deeply that, for all England's quality, there simply isn't much space to work with in the box. They may be forced into a few long shots in the early exchanges of this one.
It is going to be up to England to inject pace into proceedings tonight. Slow, measured build-up is unlikely to be the way to break down a defence that is hesitant to venture too far from the edge of their own area. Instead, England will need to move the ball quickly and expose any holes that may appear as a result.
UPDATE: There have been a couple of early goals in other matches around Europe, with Austria and Russia both taking the lead in their matches against Moldova and Sweden respectively. That would be a particularly impressive result for Russia in Sweden if they can hold on.
Joe Hart has just had his first touch of the night as England look to lure San Marino a little further away from their own goal. Shortly afterwards, Sterling thinks that he has got in behind the defence, but he is correctly flagged for offside.
England have committed a lot of sloppy passes so far tonight as they continue to look for a way through the San Marino defence. There are a lot of blue shirts back there to intercept any stray passes from the hosts, and the accuracy has been off on numerous occasions already.
SAVE! A said long-range efforts may be the order of the day until this resistance is broken, and that is what Rooney tries here. He cuts inside before unleashing an effort towards goals from around 30 yards out, but it takes a slight deflection on the way through and Simoncini makes a comfortable stop.
UPDATE: There is a potential shock brewing in Slovakia, where the hosts have just taken the lead against Spain. It was Juraj Kucka who got the goal, putting La Roja on course for another shock defeat following their bitterly disappointing World Cup campaign.
Still no way through for England so far at Wembley, and it hasn't exactly been an inspiring performance from the hosts so far. San Marino are parking the bus, as expected, and right now England don't look to have the guile and poise to find a way past the defensive sea of blue shirts.
GOAL! England 1-0 San Marino (Phil Jagielka)
There is the breakthrough for England! It is a soft goal for San Marino to concede as Simoncini comes out to claim a corner, only to trip over his own player. That makes it easy for Jagielka to rise unchallenged and nod into an unguarded net. The corner came as a result of Sterling's effort having been released by club teammate Henderson.
Will the floodgates now open? San Marino are unlikely to change their own style of play drastically, but the goal should allow England to relax and little and play their own game.
CHANCE! Another chance for the hosts as they come forward down the left, with Arsenal trio Gibbs, Wilshere and Welbeck link up. The latter unselfishly knocks the ball back to Henderson, but his shot from inside the box is well blocked.
San Marino get a free kick in England territory, but none of the back five go forward for it. That speaks volumes about their intent in this match, even at 1-0 down. It is hard to blame them, but it isn't great for the neutral it must be said.
The dreaded Mexican wave is making its way around Wembley as the fans turn to entertaining themselves. It hasn't been a thriller on the pitch, but in truth it was always unlikely to be. England could do with being a little more positive in their play, however.
Simoncini once again comes to claim a delivery from Milner, this time from a free kick, but again he gets nowhere near it. He clatters into Cahill, however, who was inches away from connecting with the ball himself.
SHOT! San Marino have had a shot! It is Vitaioli who cuts inside from the left flank before curling an effort a couple of yards wide of Hart's near post. The England keeper had it covered, but it is a shot nonetheless for the visitors.
Half a chance for England as Wilshere collects a low pass inside the box, but can't quite get it under his spell when only yards away from the goal. Welbeck also arrives and almost gets a shot in, but after a messy tangle San Marino get it clear.
YELLOW CARD! The first card of the evening goes the way of James Milner, who tripped Vitaioli as the winger was on his way past the England man.
Wilshere and Sterling are the two who look most likely to create something for England at the moment. Wilshere is trying a number of flicks and tricks - something out of the ordinary to break down this San Marino defence - while Sterling has been making some bright runs in behind.
Della Valle makes two important interceptions in quick succession as first he blocks a Sterling effort from the edge of the box before putting in a good challenge on Henderson. He didn't know much about the first, it much be said, but the second challenge inside the box was a good one.
SAVE! England are very close to doubling their lead, but a fine save from Simoncini keeps them at bay. It was nice build-up play from the hosts as Wilshere slipped it out wide to Gibbs, whose cross eventually found Welbeck. His connection isn't great, but it still takes an acrobatic stop to deny him.
PENALTY TO ENGLAND!
GOAL! England 2-0 San Marino (Wayne Rooney, penalty)
England finally have their second goal, and it comes from the spot after Selva almost took Rooney's head off with a high boot as he looked to clear a bouncing ball. The San Marino striker gets a yellow card for his troubles, but the punishment meted out by Rooney is even worse as he slams a fine penalty into the top corner. The keeper guessed the right way, but there is no saving that as Rooney picks up goal number 42 for England.
There will be just the one minute of added time at the end of this first half.
HALF TIME: England 2-0 San Marino
England go into the break with a two-goal lead but, in truth, that is the least we expected from Roy Hodgson's side. It hasn't been the most impressive of performances from them so far and, although they will win this match fairly comfortably, Hodgson said beforehand that the performance was the most important thing, and he will want to see an improvement in the coming 45 minutes.
It says quite a lot about England that their goals have both come from defensive errors. The first saw San Marino keeper Simoncini come to claim a corner, only to trip over the feet of his own player, leaving the goal gaping. Jagielka was there waiting unmarked in the middle of the area to simply nod his side into the lead after 24 minutes. The second took another 20 minutes to come as Rooney converted from the spot after being fouled by Selva inside the area.
It has been fairly unimaginative stuff from England so far. San Marino have been intent on getting as many men as possible behind the ball as possible, and that has made it very difficult for England to find a way through so far. Even so, the hosts could have done more in possession, with their build-up play too slow and laboured so far to take advantage of any holes that do appear in the San Marino defence.
It is so congested in the middle of the park that England need to use the wide areas more effectively. The diamond formation employed by Hodgson means that the full-backs don't really have a winger to overlap most of the time, with Wilshere, Henderson, Sterling and Milner all playing centrally and taking up room in that area. Telling the likes of Sterling to stay out wide for a little bit should help to create some space in the danger areas.
Despite England's relatively disappointing performance so far, it could have been more than two at the break but for a very impressive stop from Simoncini. He athletically turned the ball over the top following an effort from Welbeck when it looked like the Arsenal man would find a gaping net. He has also denied Rooney and Sterling in the first half.
KICKOFF: England get us back underway at Wembley, and the hosts have made two changes at the break. It is a Liverpool duo who go off, with Sterling and Henderson making way for Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That should give Hodgson's side a bit more width in this second half.
Almost a lovely play from Wilshere as he slides a clever pass down the channel for Milner following a short corner. It is just a fraction too hard for the Manchester City man to latch onto, but it was a good idea from Wilshere.
GOAL! England 3-0 San Marino (Danny Welbeck)
England have a third, and it is down to good work from Oxlade-Chamberlain. He blocks an attempted clearance from San Marino before keeping the ball in play and sending a low cross towards the near post. Welbeck has made the same run, getting in front of his man to poke the ball home for his third goal in the qualifying campaign.
SAVE! Almost a quickfire fourth for England as a corner arrives into the middle that Rooney shows good strength to latch on to. He is just moving away from goal when he gets his head to it, however, and can't get enough power on it to really trouble the keeper.
Wilshere has moved to the base of the diamond now, with Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the wider roles and Lallana behind the two strikers. Meanwhile, Hodgson's assistant Ray Lewington has been shouting himself hoarse from the sideline ever since the second half got underway as he looks to keep his side's intensity up. It is working so far.
This has been much better from England in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Their extra width is creating more space in the middle, while the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain have already had plenty of joy down the flanks too. Lewington's barking orders are having an impact for sure.
CLOSE! You could throw a blanket over seven or eight players just outside the box here as England play a number of short passes in a very crowded area. Eventually the ball pops up for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who attempts a first-time volley from around 20 yards. He hits it well enough, but his effort fizzes a yard or so past the post.
CHANCE! Another chance for Oxlade-Chamberlain to get a third goal in as many games against San Marino as Wilshere clips a decent ball into the box. The Arsenal winger tries to flick a header into the far corner, but Simoncini reacts really well to turn it wide. That is a very good stop from the San Marino keeper.
Either Lewington's voice has given out or he is satisfied with how England are playing at last. He has taken his place alongside Roy Hodgson on the bench once again, with England looking dangerous and capable of adding a fourth sooner rather than later here.
CHANCE! Huge chance for England to get that fourth goal, and once again Wilshere is the architect. He clips a lovely pass behind the defence for Rooney to race on to, and the skipper only has the keeper to beat. He tries to lift it over Simoncini, but the San Marino keeper stands up and plucks it out of the air.
DISALLOWED GOAL! England think that they have a fourth as Lallana flicks Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross into the bottom corner. The referee goes for a chat with his linesman, who tells him to disallow it due to Lallana being offside. The replays, however, show that the Liverpool man was on and should have been allowed his first England goal. Moments before that, Rooney had missed another great chance as Simoncini prevented the England captain from rounding him.
SAN MARINO SUB: In all the confusion, San Marino make a change as Gasperoni replaces Tosi.
ENGLAND SUB: The hosts make their third and final change as Welbeck is replaced by Andros Townsend, making his first international appearance since March.
A lovely take from Lallana sees him break into the box, but he and Rooney are both crowded out by a host of blue shirts inside the area. There were a couple of chances to get a shot away in there, but they would have not reached the goal with around five defenders in close attendance to make a block.
Rooney again gets on the end of a corner, but once more it is an outswinger and he is moving away from goal when he gets his head on it. His effort goes over the top and Rooney thinks that it should be a corner, but the referee does not agree.
SAVE! Rooney vs. Simoncini is developing into a fascinating duel here, and right now it is the keeper who is coming out on top. Rooney does well to engineer himself some space in the area before lashing a shot towards the near post, but the angle favours Simoncini, who parries it away.
SAVE! Once again the San Marino keeper is called into action, although this time it is to deny Wilshere. The Arsenal man got up well to flick a header towards the bottom corner, but he is quite far out, and that gives time for Simoncini to scramble across and make the save.
GOAL! England 4-0 San Marino (Andros Townsend)
This time Simoncini can't come to his side's rescue as he is beaten by a fine strike from Townsend. The Tottenham winger cut inside from the right flank before lashing a powerful shot into the bottom near corner. You'd have to say that Simoncini shouldn't be getting beaten at his near post, but it was the sheer power of the strike that beat him.
SAN MARINO SUB: The visitors make a second change as Buscarini replaces Palazzi.
SAVE! Another chance for England to add to their tally as Lallana picks the ball up on the edge of the box before drilling a low effort straight at the keeper, who shovels it away from goal.
UPDATE: There has been a goal in one of the other matches in this group tonight, and it is Lithuania who have taken the lead against Estonia. England face Estonia on Sunday night, and as things stand would go into that one level on six points with Lithuania at the top of the group.
GOAL! England 5-0 San Marino (Alex Della Valle og)
Della Valle gets a second own goal in his last two matches against England, but he can consider himself unlucky here. Rooney cut back and attempted to cross the ball into the middle, but it struck the chest of the San Marino defender and deflected past a helpless Simoncini. Not a great way to mark his 50th cap for Della Valle.
UPDATE: There has been a goal in the other match in Group E this evening, and it is very good news for England as Switzerland now trail Slovenia 1-0. What a nightmare start to the campaign for the Swiss!
CHANCE! Rooney could have had five or six tonight. This one isn't the best chance he has had all night as he races towards the front post to glance a header towards goal. It is straight at Simoncini, who makes yet another save. He has been a busy boy in this second half!
You sense that there could still be one or two more goals in this one for England, who have been much improved since the break. Hodgson's substitutions have worked just as he would have wanted, and they have looked a lot more threatening in the second half than they did in the first.
Wilshere has really pulled the strings in this second half. England's passing was very sloppy in the opening 45 minutes, but the Arsenal man has played some lovely balls over the top of the defence since the break. He could have had a few assists to his name had those in front of him had their shooting boots on.
SAN MARINO SUB: It has been a joyless evening for Selva tonight, and the veteran striker makes way for the final few minutes to be replaced by Rinaldi.
OFF THE LINE! Lovely football from England as Lallana touches a cute little pass into the path of Milner, who bulldozes his way through a number of challenges. He cuts back and threads a pass across to Townsend, whose powerful low effort is cleared off the line by Brolli.
England are closing in on their fourth consecutive clean sheet here - something they haven't achieved since 2006. Their defence has not bee troubled at all tonight, and Hart's touches of the ball have been so rare that each and every one has been cheered by those inside Wembley.
YELLOW CARD! He may not have been on for long, but Rinaldi has already got his name in the referee's book.
The fourth official indicates a minimum of two minutes added time at the end of this match.
FULL TIME: England 5-0 San Marino
Another game and another heavy defeat for San Marino as they fall to a 5-0 loss at the hands of England at Wembley. The hosts make it two from two in Euro 2016 qualifying, maintaining their place at the top of Group E. They were always expected to run out comfortable winners this evening, but at half time the performance was fairly disappointing. However, they improved dramatically in the second half, and Hodgson will be content with how things went overall.
The hosts went into the break with a two-goal lead courtesy of a Phil Jagielka header and Wayne Rooney penalty, while goals from Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and an own goal from Alex Della Valle ensured the comfortable three points from Roy Hodgson's side after the break. Five goals is nothing out of the ordinary against San Marino, but Hodgson stressed that this one was more about the performance, and the second half at least was encouraging.
Right, that is all we have time for this evening! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole as England maintained their 100% record in Euro 2016 qualifying with a routine 5-0 victory over San Marino at Wembley. I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to stick around for reaction, analysis and player ratings, which will be on site shortly. From me, though, it is goodbye for now!