World Cup; Harry Kane stars as England Ruthlessly beat San Marino

England hammered San Marino 10-0 with captain Harry Kane scoring four goals as the Three Lions confirmed their place in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year. 

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire scored the first goal of the match after heading home a fine cross from Phil Foden, the goal put him ahead of John Terry as the highest-scoring defender for the Three Lions side. Not long after Filippo Fabbri scored an own goal, the Three Lions captain went ruthless scoring four goals all in the first half, two coming from the Penalty spot. 

England continued their ruthless form scoring 4 more goals in the second half. Emile Smith Rowe, Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham, and Bukayo Saka completed the rout after the interval as England finished top of Group I to ensure their place at the tournament in Qatar in 12 months’ time. The 10-0 win was England’s record win in a competitive international game and Kane was delighted with the stylish way Gareth Southgate’s unbeaten side achieved their qualification target.

“We were fantastic. It came to the last game and we were expected to win but we’ve done a good job. Fantastic to go through,” Kane told ITV. “We still need to keep working. I feel like we have been improving year on year. We have to make the most of the time, every training session, to fine-tune the little pieces.” 

The Spurs striker moved alongside Gary Linker scoring 48 goals only behind Bobby Charlton (49goals) and Wayne Rooney (53goals) in England’s all-time scorers’ list. 

“Fantastic again. Every time I wear an England shirt I am proud and when I score goals it is one of the nicest feelings I can have in my career. Nice to be among those names,” Kane said.

His 16 goals in 2021 is a calendar year record for England and he is the first Three Lions player to score three or more in successive games since Tommy Taylor in 1957.

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