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.