England 8, San Marino 0
England routed San Marino 8-0 Friday night in a World Cup
qualifier for its largest victory margin in 26 years.
San Marino, tied for 207th and last in the FIFA rankings, fell
behind on Alessandro Della Valle’s own goal in the 12th minute at
Serravalle. Jermain Defoe got two goals, and Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and
Daniel Sturridge scored. Rooney’s goal was his 34th for
England’s victory margin was its largest since beating Turkey
8-0 in a European Championship qualifier in 1987.
Montenegro (4-0-1) leads Europe Group H by two points over
England (3-0-2) going into a head-to-head matchup Tuesday in
Podgorica. The group winner qualifies for next year’s tournament in
Brazil, and the second-place team likely will go to a playoff.
San Marino (0-5) is last and has been outscored 24-0.