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Thursday, 9 October 2014
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

England 5 San Marino 0 [2-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 55,990;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Phil Jagielka (header from a Sterling corner 24 23:54), Wayne Rooney (penalty 43 42:42), Danny Welbeck (three-yard shot from an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross 49 48:45), Andros Townsend (left-footed shot from edge of penalty area 72 71:18), Alessandro Della Velle (chested in a Rooney cross 77 76:54) Match Summary
England Squad

San Marino Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - James Milner (37 36:42)
San Marino - Andy Selva (42 41:55), Danilo Rinaldi (90 89:12)

San Marino kicked-off. 93 minutes (46:03 & 47:02).


Match Summary

Officials from Poland



San Marino

Referee (yellow) - Marcin Filip Borski
41 (13 April 1973), Warzsaw, FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Rafal Rostkowski, 42 (6 September 1972), and Marcin Boniek

Fourth official - Krzysztof Myrmus (1974)
Additional Assistant Referees - Bartosz Frankowski
, 38 (26 September 1986), and Tomasz Wajda, 34 (17 May 1980).

UEFA Referee Observer - Robert Sedlacek
, Austria

51 Goal Attempts 3
34 Attempts on Target 1
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
16 Corner Kicks Won 0
7 Offside Calls Against 0
14 Fouls Conceded 11
78% Possession 22%

England Team



FIFA (18 Sept 2014) 18th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating =11th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, fifth captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
34th match, W 18 - D 11 - L 5 - F 66 - A 27.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 46 33 GA
2 Chambers, Calum 19 20 January 1995 RB Arsenal FC 2 0
3 Gibbs, Kieran J.R. 25 26 September 1989 LB Arsenal FC 4 0
4 Henderson, Jordan B., off 46th min 24 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 16 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 30 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 32 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 31 3
7 Milner, James P. 28 4 January 1986 DM Manchester City FC 51 1
Milner cautioned in the 37th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, after a mistimed tackle on M.Vitaioli in the centre of the field.
8 Wilshere, Jack A.G. 22 1 January 1992 LM/DM Arsenal FC 23 0
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 66th min. 23 26 November 1990 F Arsenal FC 29 11
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 28 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 98 42
11 Sterling, Raheem S., off 46th min 19 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
AM Liverpool FC 10 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 San Marino 0
17 Lallana, Adam D., on 46th min. for Sterling 26 10 May 1988 AM Liverpool FC 10 0
18 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 46th min. for Henderson 21 15 August 1993 LM Arsenal FC 17 3
scoreline: England 3 San Marino 0
19 Townsend, Andros D., on 66th min. (65:20) for Welbeck 23 16 July 1991 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 2
result: England 5 San Marino 0

unused substitutes:

12-Nathanial Clyne, 13-Ben Foster, 14-Leighton Baines, 15-Fabian Delph, 16-Jonjo Shelvey, 20-Rickie Lambert, 21-Fraser Forster.
4-4(1-2-1)-2 Hart -
Chambers, Cahill, Jagielka, Gibbs -
Milner -
(Oxlade-Chamberlain), Wilshere -
(Lallana) -
Rooney, Welbeck
(Townsend) -
Wilshire played at the base of the diamond for the second half, Oxlade-Chamberlain out on the left

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 30.9 5.2


San Marino Team



FIFA (18 Sept 2014) =208th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 206th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue crew neck jerseys with white underarm panel/front collar/Adidas sleeve trim, blue shorts with white hem and Adidas side trim, blue socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Andy Selva Manager: Pier Angelo Manzaroli, 45 (25 March 1969 in Italy), appointed 15 February 2014.
3rd match, W 0 - D 0 - L 3 - F 0 - A 10.
San Marino Lineup
1 Simoncini, Aldo J. 28 30 August 1986 G AC Libertas 40 173 GA
2 Palazzi, Mirko, off 74th min. 27 21 March 1987
born in Italy
RB San Marino Calcio 16 0
3 Battistini, Manuel 20 22 July 1994 LB AC Juvenes/Dogana 5 0
4 Vitaioli, Fabio 30 5 April 1984 CD SS Murata 35 0
5 Brolli, Cristian 22 28 February 1992 CD SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 5 0
6 Delle Valle, Alessandro 32 8 June 1982 CD SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 50 1
7 Hirsch, Adolfo José 28 31 January 1986
born in Argentina
F SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 3 0
8 Chiaruzzi, Nicola 26 25 December 1987 CM SP Tre Penne 3 0
9 Tosi, Luca, off 63rd min. 23 4 November 1990 RM SS Folgore Falciano Calcio 3 0
10 Selva, Andy, off 87th min. 38 25 May 1976 F SP La Fiorita 67 8
Selva cautioned in the 42nd min. for Dangerous Play for an unsuccessful overhead kick in the penalty area that caught Rooney in the face. Penalty
11 Vitaioli, Matteo G. 24 27 October 1989 LM FC Fiorentino 33 0
San Marino Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 San Marino 0
16 Gasperoni, Lorenzo, on 63rd min. (62:10) for Tosi 24 3 January 1990 M AC Juvenes/Dogana 3 0
scoreline: England 4 San Marino 0
19 Buscarini, Lorenzo, on 74th min. (73:02) for Palazzi 23 27 May 1991 D SS Murata 10 0
scoreline: England 5 San Marino 0
17 Rinaldi, Danilo E.28, on 87th min. (86:05) for Selva 28 18 April 1986
born in Argentina
F SP La Fiorita 17 1
Rinaldi cautioned in the 90th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after he crudely brought down James Milner on the touchline in the England half.
result: England 5 San Marino 0

unused substitutes:

12-Elia Benedettini, 13-Davide Cesarini, 14-Michele Cervellini, 15-Mattia Stefanelli, 18-Enrico Golinucci, 20-Alex Gasperoni, 21-Carlo Valentini, 22-Pier Filippo Mazza, 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.
5-3-2 Simoncini -
(Buscarini), F.Vitailo, Delle Valle, Brolli, Battistini -
(Gasperoni), Chiaruzzi, M.Vitaioli -
Hirsch, Selva

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 23.6 0.9


    Match Report by Mike Payne

When England have to play these sort of games, they really are on a hiding to nothing, and they can't win whatever they do.  If they win easily with a big score, then it was all that was expected of them.  Anything less than a big win and they are pilloried from all quarters!  Such was the situation when San Marino once again visited Wembley.  The group minnows, and I do mean minnows, were there for the taking, and all England had to do to win was to turn up it would seem.  But that is not how it works and England prepared in the same professional manner as though they were playing against Germany.  The players had to do a job, and that is exactly what happened.

Right from the kick-off possession was almost continuously England's, and they began by playing from side to side, trying to find gaps in what was a blanket defence from San Marino.  The first chance fell to Wayne Rooney and the skipper's shot was saved by goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini.  Almost immediately Danny Welbeck saw a shot deflected wide and even after just ten minutes it was easy to see the pattern of this particular match.  On 15 minutes it was Raheem Sterling who almost broke the deadlock, before being flagged offside.  The minutes ticked by with England probing from side to side trying to break through.  When the players turned inside, as they invariably did, they were crowded out by the massed ranks of the San Marino eleven.

Rooney, lively throughout, forced another good save from Simoncini and then the goalkeeper made a fine save, tipping Sterling's effort around a post after the winger had latched on to a long through ball.  The 24th minute corner that resulted from Sterling's shot finally brought England the breakthrough they needed to settle the nerves.  James Milner's corner was met by Phil Jagielka, and his header only had to be on target to score.  It was.  The goalkeeper had come out and tripped over the leg of Luca Tosi, who was back trying to help his defence.  Simoncini was lying on the turf as Jagielka's header went in.

If there was any criticism of England during this first half hour it was in the fact that the build-up was slow and laborious, and that gave the visitors ample time to regroup in defence.  On 28 minutes though, a good move involving Kieron Gibbs, Welbeck and Jordan Henderson ended with another shot desperately blocked.

Milner, playing a crucial role in the diamond shape Roy Hodgson was using, was very careless with some of his passing, as were some other England players.  It was all too easy for England and this led to some lackadaisical play at times.  Even then though, the chances still came thick and fast.  Gary Cahill missed a header from Milner's free-kick, Jack Wilshere and Welbeck both should have done better when Henderson sent in a good cross and then both Sterling and Henderson had runs blocked.  Milner compounded his poor performance so far with a needless booking on 36 minutes and then six minutes later Simoncini made a superb save from Welbeck's header, somehow scooping the ball out for a corner.

From the corner kick though, England were given a chance to add to their one goal.  The ball bobbed about in the area and as Rooney went for a header he almost had his head kicked off by the flying dangerous boot of Andy Selva.  The referee quite rightly awarded a penalty kick.  Rooney lashed home his shot to take him to 42 goals, now within two of Jimmy Greaves in the England goalscoring list.

So the half ended with England totally in control, two goals up, but not entirely convincing and as the second half started Hodgson replaced Henderson and Sterling with Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he tried to seek something a little different.  To the manager's credit his changes had an immediate effect.  The two players sent on showed a more positive approach and both were soon involved in dangerous attacks.  San Marino went from being rather comfortable in defence to being stretched and a little more ragged.

On 49 minutes Oxlade-Chamberlain won the ball on the right-wing and strode to the bye-line.  He pulled the ball back and Welbeck was in like a shot to beat the keeper to the ball and fire home number three.  England at this stage were rampant and Rooney had a header saved, Welbeck won a corner and Oxlade-Chamberlain saw a fine shot go just wide.  Milner was still giving the ball away far too easily but Wilshere was now finding his passing range.  On 58 minutes a fine pass by Rooney gave Oxlade-Chamberlain a headed chance, which the keeper saved.  Three minutes later and Wilshere picked out Rooney with the pass of the night, only for the skipper to under-hit his attempted lob.  Almost immediately England did find the net again as Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot was deflected past Simoncini by Lallana.  The referee at first gave a goal but then disallowed it after consulting a linesman.  The joy of scoring his first international goal was obvious on Lallana's face, until the decision changed and the Liverpool player was left disappointed.  Surely though, that goal will eventually come.

As the game went into the final third it was all one-way traffic.  Andros Townsend came on for Welbeck and he set up Wilshere for a header, again saved by the overworked keeper.  Another fine pass by Wilshere sent Rooney through again, but Simoncini saved again, and then, on 72 minutes, came the best goal of the night.  Townsend received possession from Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right, cut inside, and unleashed a fine left-foot shot that beat the keeper at his near post.  A minute later, to ironic cheers, Joe Hart had to make his first save of the night, in fact it was almost his only meaningful touch.

Lallana tried again to break his duck, but the keeper saved and then a series of one-two's almost led to another chance, alas it was scrambled clear.  The pressure was now relentless and with 13 minutes to go Rooney tried to centre from the right only to see the ball glance off Alessandro Delle Valle's chest and wide of his unfortunate keeper for an own goal.  Still the chances came in waves and Rooney could have easily had five or six on the night.  A volley went wide and another header was saved.  Then yet another header was saved, after Gibbs had a shot blocked, and Rooney again shot wide before Townsend hit another screamer that was cleared off the line by Christian Brolli.

And that was about it.  England had over 50 attempts at goal, with 34 on target.  On another  it could have been a record score!  All credit to Hodgson and his players, the manager for his substitutions and the players for doing exactly what they had to do.  Now it was on to Tallin and the next match against Estonia.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor