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Sep 5, 2015 at 5pm UK


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Rooney (13' pen.), Brolli (30' og.), Barkley (46'), Walcott (68', 78'), Kane (77')

Player Ratings: San Marino 0-6 England

Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed as England sealed their place at Euro 2016 with a 6-0 thumping of San Marino.

England's place at Euro 2016 was confirmed this afternoon as they cruised to a 6-0 victory over San Marino to maintain their 100% record in qualifying.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring from the spot to level Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals for the Three Lions, while Cristian Brolli nodded the ball past his own keeper to double the visitors' lead.

Ross Barkley added a third right at the start of the second half, before a brace from Theo Walcott and the pick of the bunch from Harry Kane rounded off the scoring.

Here, Sports Mole looks at who stood out on a comfortable afternoon for Roy Hodgson's side in Serravalle.

Wayne Rooney of England scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier between San Marino and England at Stadio Olimpico on September 5, 2015© Getty Images



Aldo Simoncini: Beaten six times, but in truth there was little he could do about any of them. He commanded his area well, coming out to claim a number of high balls, while he also made one incredible save to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain. (5/10)


Giovanni Bonini: Up against Vardy, who never makes things easy for his marker. Also had the dual threat of Shaw overlapping, which he struggled to deal with. (5/10)

Cristian Brolli: When it rains, it pours. Suffered two head injuries in the first half and scored the own goal to add insult to injury. An afternoon to forget. (4/10)

Davide Simoncini: Almost gifted England a goal following a mix-up with his twin brother in goal, but was bailed out by a magnificent stop. Shaky moments in an otherwise solid enough performance, all things considered. (5/10)

Mirko Palazzi: Another member of the back five - or back nine in practice - that did well to limit England's clear-cut chances, despite conceding six goals. (5/10)

Marco Berardi: Seemingly gave away the penalty, although confusion remains over exactly what for. Can feel harshly done by on his international debut. (5/10)


Jose Adolfo Hirsch: Had one or two chances to break forward with the ball, but they were very few and far between and the vast majority of his time was spent defending. (5/10)

Manuel Battistini: Simply couldn't get into the game as England dominated possession. Was able to break down a couple of attacks, but his deep position allowed the influential Shelvey time and space on the ball. (5/10)

Nicola Chiaruzzi: Such a difficult task for him and his teammates. Had no chance to show what he can do going forward and was chasing shadows for much of the match. (5/10)

Matteo Vitaioli: Also got no joy going forward and was forced to track the runs of Clyne all afternoon, which he found a struggle. (5/10)


Andy Selva: The lone striker for San Marino, which may well be the loneliest role in world football. Even when dropping deep into his own half to help out defensively he seemed isolated. (5/10)


Luca Tosi: Introduced with just under 20 minutes remaining and could not stem the tide of England pressure. (6/10)

Danilo Rinaldi: Was handed a 15-minute cameo, during which time he saw England score two more goals. (6/10)

Alessandro Della Valle: Came on for the final 10 minutes and had one moment in the opposition box where he saw a shot blocked, but that was about it. (6/10)

Theo Walcott (R) of England celebrates his goal with his team-mate Luke Shaw (L) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier between San Marino and England at Stadio Olimpico on September 5, 2015© Getty Images



Joe Hart: Barely touched the ball throughout. Did almost make one embarrassing error, but the only save he had to make was a straightforward one. (6/10)


Nathaniel Clyne: Able to get forward at will and provided England with some good width down the right. Never tested defensively. (7/10)

John Stones: Got caught out by the pitch on one occasion, but San Marino weren't good enough to pounce on the mistake. Aside from that, it was another assured performance both at the back and going forward. (7/10)

Phil Jagielka: About as easy an international game as he could hope for. Never truly troubled by the San Marino attackers and was able to spend a lot of his time in the opposition half. (7/10)

Luke Shaw: Like Clyne on the opposite flank, was able to attack for long spells and forced the own goal with a decent cross intended for Rooney. Looks ready to establish himself as the first-choice left-back for next summer's tournament. (7/10)


James Milner: A typical performance from Milner. Nothing flashy or particularly eye-catching, just a solid, hard-working presence in the middle of the park. (7/10)

Jonjo Shelvey: Stood out on his full international debut. Was always available and willing to take possession, using it well and making the most of the space he was afforded by the opposition. Produced a fine assist for Kane's goal and played a number of other good passes during a man-of-the-match display. (8/10)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Had the beating of his man, but cut inside too often. Every time he went on the outside, he beat the full-back for pace before sending a cross into the middle, which is exactly how the third goal came about. (7/10)

Ross Barkley: Opened his England account with an unmarked header seconds after the interval and carried the ball well all night. Continued his promising start to the season. (7/10)

Jamie Vardy: Plenty of energy about his play, and he certainly didn't shirk a challenge, but question marks remain over whether he has the quality at this level. Didn't show much today to suggest that he will scare Europe's top defences. (6/10)


Wayne Rooney: Drew level with Bobby Charlton on 49 England goals courtesy of a penalty. Had a couple of other half-chances to become the first Englishman to net a half-century of goals for his country, but that milestone is now awaiting him at Wembley on Tuesday. (7/10)


Fabian Delph: Came on shortly before the hour mark and provided the assist for Walcott's first goal, drilling a good low cross along the six-yard box. (7/10)

Harry Kane: On at the same time as Delph, replacing Rooney and ending his goalscoring drought with a lovely finish that suggested he is not lacking in confidence. (7/10)

Theo Walcott: Scored with his first touch off the bench and added another 10 minutes later. Should have had a hat-trick too, but missed a good opportunity to grab his third. Wants to play centrally, but it was his runs in from the right that caused San Marino so many problems. (7/10)

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Wayne Rooney of England scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier between San Marino and England at Stadio Olimpico on September 5, 2015
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