United Pair Put Minnows to Bed


England 5-0 San Marino

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck scored two apiece on a night in which expectations were seemingly two high at times. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored.

Unlike pretty much every match, there was never even a thought last night that the joint worst team in the world, according to the most up-to-date FIFA rankings, would have a chance of beating England. But, as the game was in the 0-0 zone for as long as up to the thirty-fifth minute, some fans of both sides may have thought England would have gone for 156-0, and ended up drawing with their opponents. This was not the case however, as Wayne Rooney struck his penalty just above the diving goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini and into the net. A moment of relief. Two minutes later and Danny Welbeck scored a clever flick with his standing foot.

In the second half, Wayne Rooney made the most of an advantage, to curl the ball low past the goalkeeper and into the net. Just as in the first half, two minutes later, and Danny Welbeck toe poked the ball into the net for 4-0. Young Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looped the ball over Simoncini to score his first England goal, in just nine appearances.

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