FT: England 5 San Marino 0

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That's it - it's all over as England prevail 5-0 over San Marino.

Carroll hits a good volley and is on target but Simoncini stops him causing any more damage for England.

Cahill tries an optimistic effort from range and it's a bit of a waste as it goes nowhere near.

Three minutes of injury time are added. Can England add any more to the scoreline?

Shelvey tosses a ball into the box, with Jagielka looming, but it's cut out by defender Simoncini. Some good link-up play results in Cleverley getting a shot away but he can't plant it home.

We're into the final stages now as Palazzi hinders Walker on the edge of the box and the defender has to make do with a corner.

Chamberlain tries a long searching pass upfield, looking for Lennon, but there's too much on it and it goes back to Simoncini.

It appears cramp is a problem in these late stages for Palazzi and there's a brief lull in play.

Shelvey slots through a good ball for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who makes a strong run, but he's caught up by the visiting defence.

Vitaioli makes way for Bacciocchi.

Shelvey fires a long looping ball upfield for Baines, who manages to keep it in. It looks like another change for the visitors.

Lennon lets a ball run for Shelvey on the edge of the box and he tries a strike but it goes straight at the goalkeeper.

We're into the final 10 minutes at Wembley and England are still coming as Baines fires in another ball but it's cut out by Brolli.

Lone frontman Rinaldi goes off for Andy Selva - who's netted seven of the last nine goals San Marino has scored, over 14 years. He also scored their only ever winning goal.

This is looking more like the scoreline we were predicting. Walker plants a cross in for Carroll and the towering striker threatens with a trademark header but Palazzi fends off the effort.

It's another Baines corner that leads to England's fifth as the Ox prods it home with apparent ease with a delightful finish. 5-0.


Coppini goes off for Buscarini as the visitors make their first swap. It's a first cap for the defender.

Baines' corner is flicked away by Gasperoni and England win a throw on the other side. San Marino prepare to make a change.

England are still hunting as Shelvey tries a shot from range after latching onto a Chamberlain pass and wins a corner.

There'll be no hat-trick for Rooney as he makes way for Andy Carroll. The armband goes to keeper Joe Hart, who's had literally nothing to do tonight.

It's a Cleverley cross into the box from the right and it falls perfectly to Welbeck, who pokes it home with an outstretched leg.


Is there time yet for a goalfest after Rooney's second strike of the evening? England win a throw down the right as they press again.

That's more like it as the frontman hits it hard on the edge of the box after being set up by Lennon. It's a good finish and it was a long time coming.


Della Valle forces a clearance as Cleverley tries to break into the box once again.

It's a first senior cap for Shelvey - let's see if he can inspire some firepower. Walker fires a cross into the box but Welbeck can't turn it home.

Carrick makes way for Jonjo Shelvey.

There is a surprise chance for the visitors as Rinaldi makes a break but he's caught up by Cahill and his shot is off target.

Rooney lifts a searching ball upfield for Lennon down the right but overhits it for a Simoncini kick.

It's the Everton man that takes it and it's just a fraction too high as it skims the top of the netting. Good effort from the defender.

England win a free-kick from 25 yards, which Rooney steps up to take, with Baines also loitering nearby.

Welbeck fouls Simoncini trying to win the ball back on the edge of the area. Predictably, England reclaim possession straight away.

Another Baines corner meets the head of Cahill but his glancing header goes wide. Frustrating stuff for England.

Baines fires in another cross but Cleverley fails to pounce on it as Rinaldi intervenes. Davide Simoncini blocks Rooney on the edge of the box.

A searching ball from Baines almost finds Lennon at the far post but he can't nod it on target. Rooney and Welbeck link up to break into the box but there's one pass too many and it goes wayward.

Baines wins a corner for the hosts and lifts it towards Cahill, who has been getting forward more this half, but he can't latch onto it.

England exchange plenty of passes around the edge of the box until Chamberlain eventually tries a shot but it's deflected.

Walker tries to plant a cross in the box but Gasperoni intercepts before it can find Lennon.

Carrick puts a ball in for Rooney who tries to knock it into Cleverley's path but can't quite find his target.

There's some great interchange between Carrick and Welbeck but the former can't quite poke it home. Cahill gets a chance from close range soon after but totally mishits it.

Cleverley tries to pick out Welbeck in the box with a long pass but the striker can't quite get it under control and Della Valle clears.

Hart gets a rare touch at the back as he passes to Jagielka. Getting forward again, Chamberlain can't hunt down a long pass which keeper Simoncini collects.

Walker arrives on the edge of the box but can't squeeze a cross through. England have, predictably, maintained their control in this half so far.

Rooney makes a run into the box, looking to greet a long ball by Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it's cut out by Brolli.

Walker is in space out wide but can't keep the ball in. News on Walcott reveals the winger has gone to hospital for a precautionary scan on his chest injury after his early departure.

There's no changes in personnel as England get things started this half. The hosts win an early throw down the right.

It's almost time to get back underway, with England hoping to build on their fairly slim lead. Enjoy the second half.

England are yet to produce the thrashing so many were predicting after a somewhat flat first half. Interested to hear your thoughts - email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com or tweet me @SkySportsRachG.

The whistle blows and it's England 2 San Marino 0 at half-time, with Rooney's penalty and Welbeck's cheeky flick putting the hosts in charge. The scoreline isn't yet as emphatic as expected but England are firmly in control.

The Ox can't get beyond Vitaioli to squeeze back a cross as the seconds trickle down this half.

Chamberlain can't quite get enough power behind his shot from the edge of the box and Simoncini is able to diffuse the danger with a diving save.

Cleverley lifts in a great long ball, with Welbeck and Chamberlain waiting in the box, but they get in each other's way and can't make the most of it.

Della Valle gets away with a challenge on Lennon in the box but the player doesn't object. Three minutes injury time are added this half.

We're into the final minute of regular time this half but there should be a fair bit of injury time after Walcott's knock. Rooney wraps his foot around another shot but it's well wide.

Walker can't keep the ball in down the right and Palazzi takes a San Marino throw but the hosts pounce straight back on the ball.

Another cross from Baines is snatched up by keeper Simoncini. Welbeck gets another man-handling from the visiting skipper in the box.

Welbeck looks like he was getting impeded in the box by captain Della Valle and motions at the ref to keep an eye on him, obviously not too happy.

Rooney and Baines trade passes on the edge of the box until the striker unleashes a driving long-range shot which the keeper manages to palm away from the bottom corner.

Defender Simonicini produces an important block to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain at bay as he tries another charge into the box.

That's more like it for England as their pressing finally starts to pay off. They win a free-kick in the middle of the park and Baines starts another move down the left.

Lennon slots a well-taken cross through for Welbeck, who pulls off a brilliant improvisational backheel to finish the move in style.


The home crowd are fired up now and England pick up where they left off as they're quickly back on the ball. Chamberlain picks out Welbeck in the box but he can't quite flick it on for Lennon.

Is that the strike that will get England scoring? It's a powerful effort from captain Rooney, who slams it into the top left-hand corner.


England finally look like going ahead as the ref points to the spot after keeper Simoncini fouls the onrushing Welbeck.

England hit the woodwork twice in quick succession as Carrick strikes the crossbar with a stunning effort before Welbeck hits the rebound off the post.

A big chance for England as Cleverley lifts in a great ball, which Rooney attacks, but he's inches wide with his header.

Baines can't get beyond Gasperoni to fire in a cross and England win another corner, which Rooney takes and Simoncini punches away.

So San Marino have got to the half-hour mark without conceding - which perhaps wouldn't have been expected ahead of kick-off.

Rooney slips a pass to Oxlade-Chamberlain who tries another shot from distance but skies his effort.

There's a couple of chances in quick succession as Cleverley chests down a ball but can't get his shot away. England win a free-kick for a foul on Jagielka.

Lennon finds himself in space and tries to plant a cross in the box but his effort is deflected behind by Gasperoni.

There's a bit of relief for San Marino as goalkeeper Simoncini deals with a woeful backpass.

A deflection takes the pace out of Baines' cross and makes it difficult for Rooney to get his head to as he nods over.

Chamberlain now wins a throw on the left and England are pressing again, with Carrick releasing Baines for another run.

Carrick drops a pass to Oxlade-Chamberlain and he tries a decent shot from range but the goalkeeper does enough to keep him out.

There's another England corner as Walker's shot from distance takes a deflection off Gasperoni. The hosts are dominating proceedings as expected but so far lack that scoring touch.

Rooney combines with Oxlade-Chamberlain, who skips into the box, but the San Marino defence intervene and England win another throw.

Rooney tries a curling shot from distance and it's deflected behind for a corner kick, which Vitaioli does well to clear.

San Marino win their first free-kick in the middle of the park, which Rinaldi takes. England reclaim the ball as Carrick gets it away.

Walker floats a decent ball into the box, looking for Welbeck, but it takes a deflection and Simoncini is able to dive and collect.

Rinaldi catches Jagielka with a foul in the England half to dissolve any threat of a San Marino attack. Rooney's pass to Cleverley falls to him sharply at the other end and the ball goes behind.

The visiting keeper gathers the corner with ease but England are soon getting forward again as Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain link up on the left.

Baines charges forward down the left to greet an Oxlade-Chamberlain ball but his cross isn't the best and Brolli knocks it out for a corner.

Welbeck and Walker pair up with some good movement, showing intent, but it doesn't quite come off. Rinaldi tries to make some progress for the visitors but is caught up quickly in midfield.

Rooney tries to flick the ball towards Cleverley from deep but Della Valle is there to close the move down.

A misplaced pass from Rooney goes out as San Marino win a throw inside their own half, which Palazzi lofts in for the visitors.

Baines lifts in the corner and there's a chance for Rooney, waiting in the box, but he can't direct it home under pressure from Vitaioli.

Lennon tries to fire in a cross from the right but Vitaioli charges in to intervene with a good challenge. England win another corner seconds later.

Walker, getting forward down the right, slots a good ball through for the onrushing Cleverley but he can't quite latch onto it.

Aaron Lennon replaces the injured Walcott.

Rooney and Oxlade-Chamberlain link up with some bright play down the left but can't squeeze the ball into the box.

The Three Lions win another throw as Delle Valle knocks it out. A Carrick pass is misread by his team-mates and the ball goes back to the visiting keeper.

Walcott walks to the side and it remains to be seen if he'll carry on. For now England resume play without him with a throw.

Roy Hodgson does not look happy on the touchline after that tackle from the visiting keeper. There's huge applause from the home fans as Walcott is helped to his feet.

Walcott is still on the ground and there's a bit of concern as a stretcher is brought on as he receives treatment.

There's early worry for England as Walcott gets a clattering from keeper Simoncini, who charges in with a high challenge on the advancing winger.

Another corner, taken by Baines, is defended by Gasperoni. The visitors earn a goal-kick but Cleverley gets his head to it.

England win an early corner as goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini is just unable to keep the ball from going behind. The Ox fancies his chances but the keeper gets his hand to his shot to tip it over.

There's a breakdown in communication between Manchester United team-mates Rooney and Cleverley but Cahill quickly picks the ball up in midfield. Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to thread the ball through to Cleverley.

It's San Marino that get things started as the Wembley clash gets underway but England snatch possession quickly. Palazzi makes an early clearance down the left.

The teams are out at Wembley and it's almost time to get underway. Most of you have high hopes for this one - enjoy!

Mr McNeilis - "Too much optimism for England fans in my opinion. Roy Hodgson is a terrible manager and will probably place all of the defenders in the wrong positions. Therefore, because of Hodgson, 4:1 San Marino. Who will Hodgson put in goal? Rooney? Wait for a massive defeat. This is a dangerous game and we are going to get CRUSHED! The MANAGER'S fault."

Melissa Collis - "I think tonight will be a really good game, England to score 7 with rooney scoring 3,welbeck to score 1, defoe will get 2, and walcott to get 1 COME ON ENGLAND."

@Krishly3r - "I'm going for a 12-1 England win. Someone might goof up there for England."

@terryjones193 - "England to win easily, rooney to score a hatrick,comeon england."

@ICCUTTERZ - "Another chance to see if Welbeck and Rooney can work well together, Glad to see Kyle Walker instead of Glen Johnson."

San Marino hold the record for scoring the fastest-ever goal in a World Cup qualification game - and it came against England in 1993 when Davide Gualtieri netted after just eight seconds to give his side a 1-0 lead, although the Three Lions turned it around to win 7-1. Hodgson will be hoping to avoid a repeat of that early scare tonight!

Gabriel Sutton - "It'd take a brave man to predict anything other than a comprehensive England win here. La Serenissima (meaning "the most serene") have lost their last 45 matches, their last result coming in a 1-0 friendly victory at home to Liechtenstein back in April 2004. Something gives me the impression this will be defeat number 46; I'll be kind to the Sammarinese and say 6-0 England."

@michaelking2012 - "im gonna go for a 8-0 win for england, 5-0 at half time, and welbeck to score 4 :)"

@Mattt_Jones - "atleast 5 tonight, I'm a city fan but I hope Rooney has a good game and I reckon if he's on form he could get a hatrick."

George Bennett - "I think it should be a simple win for England if you compare our players against theirs its obvious who is strongest. Gerrard & Rooney will get two & Lampard, Welbeck, Walcott & Defoe will all get one."

Plenty of you are predicting a heavy defeat for the visiting minnows this evening. Here's what you've had to say...

Refereeing this evening's encounter at Wembley is Gediminas Mazeika (Lithuania).

San Marino: Aldo Simoncini, Fabio Vitaioli, Davide Simoncini, Brolli, Palazzi, Cibelli, Coppini, Rinaldi, Della Valle, Gasperoni, Cervellini. Subs: Valentini, Bacciocchi, Bollini, Buscarini, Marani, Mazza, Selva, Vannucci, Matteo Vitaioli.

The visitors have won only one international match, ever, and have conceded 131 times since they last scored away from home, a 2-2 draw with Liechtenstein in 2003.

It's largely expected that San Marino - the joint worst international team in the world according to FIFA rankings - will be on the end of a thrashing this evening. Hodgson has rested some of his key players with one eye on the clash against Poland.

England subs: Cole, Ruddy, Lescott, Shawcross, Milner, Shelvey, Johnson, Lennon, Carroll, Defoe, Forster.

Kyle Walker starts his first qualifier at right-back, with Gary Cahill partnering Phil Jagielka in central defence and Michael Carrick starting his first competitive game since 2009.

Hodgson has made a total of six changes to his starting line-up, with Wayne Rooney named as skipper for the first time in a competitive game.

Hodgson had been given a green light to select Cole for this evening's game, so the decision was presumably to protect the Chelsea man's delicate ankle ahead of what is expected to be a far more testing game against Poland on Tuesday.

Ashley Cole is left out of the England starting line-up by Hodgson tonight, a day after accepting a misconduct charge over his four-letter rant at the FA on Twitter, with his place at left-back going to Leighton Baines.

Here's Roy Hodgson's starting England XI: Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Carrick, Cleverley, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Rooney, Welbeck.

The team news is coming your way very shortly but first why not drop me a line ahead of kick-off at 8pm with your thoughts on the match? You can email me at rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com or tweet me @SkySportsRachG.

A very good evening all and welcome to our live text commentary of England v San Marino at Wembley.


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