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Saturday, 5 September 2015
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

San Marino 0 England 6 [0-2]

San Marino Stadium, Via Rancaglia, Serravalle
Attendance: 4,378;
Kick-off: 6.01pm CEST, 5.01pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Wayne Rooney (penalty 13 12:46), Cristian Brolli (headed own goal 30 29:09), Ross Barkley (seven yard direct header 46 45:13), Theo Walcott  (three yard tap-in 68 67:25, seven yard shot across goal 78 77:35), Harry Kane (ten yard chip 77 76:14) Match Summary
San Marino Squad
England Squad
Results 2015-2020 San Marino - Marco Berardi (12 11:23)

San Marino kicked-off. 95 minutes (47:55 & 47:00).


Match Summary

Officials from Cyprus

San Marino



Referee (yellow) - Leontios Trattou
 42, (11 February 1973), FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Michael Soteriou, 36 (11 January 1979), and Athinodoros Ioannou, 39 (6 February 1976).

Fourth official - Charalambos Charalambous (1974).
Additional Assistant Referees - Christos Nicolaides
, 40 (28 August 1975), and Vasilis Dimitriou, 38 (13 August 977).

UEFA Referee Observer - Dragutin Karlo Poljak
, Croatia
UEFA Delegate - Jean Paul Mievis
, Belgium

2 Goal Attempts 22
1 Attempts on Target 8
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
1 Corner Kicks Won 7
2 Offside Calls Against 2
9 Fouls Conceded 19
26% Possession 74%

San Marino Team



FIFA (3 Sept 2015) 193rd
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 203rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue v-necked jerseys with white underarm panels/Adidas trim, blue shorts with white Adidas trim/rear hem, blue socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Andy Selva
David Simoncini 75th min.
Manager: Pier Angelo Manzaroli, 46 (25 March 1969 in Italy), appointed 15 February 2014,
8th match, W 0 - D 1 - L 8 - F 0 - A 28.
San Marino Lineup
1 Simoncini, Aldo J. 29 30 August 1986 G AC Libertas 45 181 GA
2 Bonini, Giovanni, off 73rd min. 28 5 September 1986 RB SP Tre Penne 23 0
3 Berardi, Marco 22 12 February 1993 LB SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 1 0
Berardi cautioned in the 13th minute for Dissent for complaining to the referee for the awarding of the penalty kick.
4 Brolli, Cristian 23 28 February 1992 CD SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 10 0
5 Simoncini, Davide, off 81st min 29 30 August 1986 CD AC Libertas 38 0
6 Palazzi, Mirko 28 21 March 1987
born in Italy
CD SP Tre Penne 22 0
7 Hirsch, Adolfo José 29 31 January 1986
born in Argentina
RM SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 9 0
8 Battistini, Manuel 21 22 July 1994 AM AC Juvenes/Dogana 11 0
9 Chiaruzzi, Nicola 27 25 December 1987 AM SP Tre Penne 6 0
10 Selva, Andy, off 75th min. 39 23 May 1976 CF SP La Fiorita 70 8
11 Vitaioli, Matteo G. 25 27 October 1989 LM FC Fiorentino 39 0
San Marino Substitutes
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 4
20 Tosi, Luca, on 72nd min (72:52) for Bonini 24 4 November 1990 M SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 8 0
18 Rinaldi, Daniel E., 75th min (74:42) for Selva 29 18 April 1986
born in Argentina
F SP La Fiorita 21 1
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 6
14 Della Valle, Alessandro, on 81st min. (80:00) for Simoncini 33 8 June 1982 CD SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 54 1
result: San Marino 0 England 6

unused substitutes:

12-Elia Benedettini, 13-Marcol Berretti, 15-Alex Della Valle, 16-Enrico Golinucci, 17-Pier Filippo Mazza, 19-Mattia Stefanelli, 21-Carlo Ventini, 22-Fabio Vitaioli, 23-Giacomo Muraccini.

team notes:

Head Coach Pier Angelo Manazaroli, capped by San Marino 38 times, played against England in the two 1993 matches.
The Vitaioli's are brothers.
5-4-1 A.Simoncini -
(Tosi), Brolli, D.Simoncini (Della Valle), Palazzi, Berardi -
Hirsch, Battistini, Chiaruzzi,
M.Vitaioli -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 24.6 0.7


England Team



FIFA (3 September 2015) 10th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2014 away uniform - Red crew necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes, red shorts, red socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, thirteenth captaincy
Phil Jagielka, 58th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
42nd match, W 24 - D 13 - L 5 - F 87 - A 32.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 28 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 53 37 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 24 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 6 0
3 Shaw, Luke P.H. 20 12 July 1995 LB Manchester United FC 5 0
4 Shelvey, Jonjo 23 27 February 1992 CM Swansea City AFC 2 0
5 Stones, John 21 28 May 1994 CD Everton FC 5 0
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 33 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 37 3
7 Milner, James P., off 58th min. 29 4 January 1986 RM Liverpool FC 55 1
8 Barkley, Ross 21 5 December 1993 LM Everton FC 14 1
9 Vardy, Jamie R. 28 11 January 1987 LF Leicester City FC 2 0
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 58th min. 29 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 106 49
11 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 67th min. 22 15 August 1993 RF Arsenal FC 21 4
England Substitutes
scoreline: San Marino 0 England 3
17 Delph, Fabian, on 58th min. (57:33) for Milner 25 21 November 1989 M Manchester City FC 7 0
18 Kane, Harry E., on 58th min. (57:58) for Rooney 22 28 July 1993 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 2
14 Walcott, Theo J., on 67th min. (66:33) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 26 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 41 7
result: San Marino 0 England 6

unused substitutes:

12-Chris Smalling, 13-Jack Butland, 15-Gary Cahill, 16-Michael Carrick, 19-Ryan Mason, 20-Raheem Sterling, 21-Kieran Gibbs, 22-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Wayne Rooney equals the record number of goals scored, shared with Bobby Charlton. He has scored in a record 39 matches.
This is only the second occurence of three substitute goals being scored, the first being against Iceland, June 2004.
4-3-3 Hart -
Clyne, Stones, Jagielka, Shaw -
(Delph), Shelvey, Barkley -
(Walcott), Rooney (Kane), Vardy

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 27.8 5.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England are always on a hiding to nothing when they play these sort of internationals, but the important thing to remember was that there were three vital points to be won, points that could guarantee our passage through to the finals of the European Championships.  And the squad did exactly what they had to do, with a clinical professional performance that completely overwhelmed San Marino.

The other focus for this game was whether Wayne Rooney would score the two goals he needed to overtake Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing England goalscoring record of 49 goals.  Rooney would never have a better chance against the minnows of European football.  England began well, positively and purposefully and they were immediately knocking on the door of the packed home defence.  The pattern of the match was soon obvious with England looking to create openings and San Marino just defending well, and working hard in a damage limitation exercise.  But chances were soon created by England.  They played the ball cleverly from side to side at pace, trying to work some space down the flanks for Nathaniel Clyne, Luke Shaw and Jamie Vardy to exploit.  Vardy, on his full debut, chased everything in his inimitable style and a breakthrough was inevitable, although how it finally arrived was rather fortuitous.

A free-kick on the right was sent in by James Milner and as the many bodies grappled in the box, the whistle was blown.  At first it looked as though a free-kick against England was given, but after much argument it appeared that a foul on John Stones had been committed and England were awarded a penalty.  Rooney's eyes lit up as soon as he realised and there was absolutely no way anyone else was going to take that particular spot-kick.  The skipper scored with aplomb, sending the keeper the wrong way, and Charlton was no longer on his own at the top of the pile!

The goal was scored on 13 minutes and six minutes later Rooney so nearly scored again.  This time though the goalkeeper, Aldo Simoncini, parried the ball away from goal into the path of Milner, but the Liverpool player failed in his bid to become more than a one goal wonder.

The pattern of the match remained the same with England relentlessly pushing forward and San Marino defending for all they were worth.  Milner shot just wide on 26 minutes and then good play created space for Shaw down the left four minutes later.  He whipped a delicious cross to the middle towards Rooney, but unfortunately for both Rooney and the home side, Christian Brolli attempted a diving headed clearance, only to divert the ball into the far corner of his own net.  That made it 2-0 and the contest was virtually over.  And ironically that goal drew 'Own Goals' level with Charlton and Rooney on a total of 49!  Meanwhile, one other good chance came England's way before the break when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wriggled clear to fire in an angled drive.  Again though the impressive Simoncini saved, this time with a brilliant touch to send the ball over the bar.  The goalkeeper had played well and his handling was excellent throughout the first-half.

Within seconds of the restart though, Simoncini was left helpless as England scored a wonderful third goal.  Oxlade-Chamberlain picked the ball up wide on the right straight from the kick-off.  He set off on a super express run that took him past two defenders and to the bye-line.  He then clipped the perfect centre into the box and there was Ross Barkley to stoop to head his first England goal, being in the right place at exactly the right time.

With the very impressive Jonjo Shelvey pulling all the strings in the England midfield, the visitors swarmed forward as they dominated the possession.  Shelvey took his current form for Swansea into this match and he looked the part, even allowing for the weak opposition.  Just before the hour mark manager Roy Hodgson replaced Milner with Fabian Delph and, much to the crowd's disappointment, also withdrew Rooney, to send on Harry Kane.  So, it was not to be for Rooney on this day, but surely he will soon be standing alone at the pinnacle of the England goalscorers.

Just under ten minutes later a further change came when Theo Walcott replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain, and within seconds, and with his first touch, Walcott made the score 4-0.  Shaw's clever interception down the left allowed the ball to run kindly for Delph, who immediately hit a low cross to the far post.  In came Walcott like lightening to score a fine goal.  Ten minutes later, and not to be outdone, the other substitute made a telling contribution with the best goal of the night.  A wonderful through pass from Shelvey found Kane, and although the striker has yet to score for Spurs this season, he made it look easy this time, with a sublime chip that beat the keeper and nestled into the far corner.  A super goal and one that will restore Kane's belief in what is without doubt his own great talent.

The scoring wasn't quite over as within a further minute Walcott was at it again.  This time it was Barkley's persistence that threaded the ball to the Arsenal man and without hesitation he fired the ball past the luckless Simoncini.  In fact, shortly afterwards Walcott could have claimed a hat-trick with a similar chance, but this time he flicked the ball wide of the far post.

On 82 minutes there was a shock for England as Adolfo Hirsch actually managed a shot on target for San Marino, but luckily for England, Joe Hart was still awake enough to easily save.  You have to hand it to the San Marino side as they must find international football very frustrating, but they keep battling away and all the players gave everything, despite England's obvious superiority.

So, England are through to the finals after a job very well done.  Never before has an England side qualified for a major tournament with so much to spare.  It is difficult to judge players in a game like this but they all performed well, and with the right attitude, and you could not fault them.  And in Shelvey, it really does look like we have another Steven Gerrard coming through.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor