European Under-21 Championship qualifying: England hit San Marino for nine
Last Updated: 19/11/13 8:46pm
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England Under-21s clocked up a record-breaking 9-0 win against San Marino as they impressively answered Gareth Southgate's calls to show more ruthlessness in front of goal.
Fans flocked to a sold-out Greenhous Meadow hoping for goals and the Young Lions did not disappoint, racking up a win that usurps their previous best of a seven-goal margin of victory set in 1976 and 2009.
It was the perfect end to a tumultuous year and just what manager Southgate had called for in the build-up to the European Championship qualifier.
While keen for the team to play with freedom, the former England defender was frustrated by some of his players' preference for the over-elaborate in Thursday's 3-0 win against Finland.
Southgate called for a more clinical edge in England's last match of 2013 and got just that in Shrewsbury, despite the absence of in-form Saido Berahino through suspension.
Michael Keane nodded England ahead after 13 minutes, with Raheem Sterling and full debutant Danny Ings extending that lead soon after.
James Ward-Prowse curled home a fine free-kick in the 24th minute as England's dominance continued, with Thomas Ince extending the lead further half-time approached.
Ings just beat room-mate Carl Jenkinson to prod home England's sixth shortly after the restart, although the Arsenal right-back managed a goal of his own after Sterling smartly lifted the ball over San Marino's hapless goalkeeper.
Will Hughes showed great feet before slotting home to put England 9-0 up, wrapping up an impressive victory that keeps them in control of Group 1.
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Tue 19th Nov - Group Two
Andorra U210 - 2Denmark U21
Russia U211 - 0Estonia U21
Bulgaria U211 - 5Slovenia U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Five
Croatia U213 - 1Latvia U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Six
Montenegro U210 - 0Rep Ire U21
Romania U212 - 2Germany U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Nine
Serbia U211 - 0Italy U21
N Ireland U211 - 0Cyprus U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Ten
Belarus U210 - 1Armenia U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Seven
Poland U213 - 1Greece U21
Sweden U215 - 0Malta U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group One
Moldova U213 - 0Lithuania U21
England U219 - 0San Marino U21
Tue 19th Nov - Group Eight
Macedonia U211 - 3Norway U21
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group One
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European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Two
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Three
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Four
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Five
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Six
|4||Rep of Ireland U21||7||8|
|5||Faroe Islands U21||7||1|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Seven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eight
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Nine
|5||N Ireland U21||7||3|
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Ten
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Eleven
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Twelve
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Thirteen
European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group Fourteen