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England smashes San Marino to earn WC qualification

Harry Kane scored four goals in England’s 10-0 demolition of San Marino on Monday as Gareth Southgate’s side made official its place in next year’s World Cup Finals in Qatar.

England smashes San Marino to earn WC qualification
Image credit: Reuters


Striker Kane duly filled his boots, following up his hat-trick in the 5-0 win against Albania on Friday with four goals before half-time, including two penalties.

England needed only a point against the world’s 210th and lowest-ranked footballing nation to guarantee a top spot above Poland in Group I.

Meanwhile, Italy missed out on automatic qualification for the showpiece – four months on from its Euro 2020 triumph – after it was held to a 0-0 draw by Northern Ireland in Group C in Belfast on Monday.


San Marino 0 lost to England 10 (H Maguire 6, F Fabbri 15(OG), H Kane 27(P), 31, 39(P) & 42, E Smith Rowe 58, T Mings 69, T Abraham 78, B Saka 79); Northern Ireland 0 drew with Italy 0

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