Will San Marino result make England’s top 5 wins?
England’s biggest ever win came in 1882 when the Three Lions hammered Ireland 13-0 but YouTube wasn’t a thing then – we’re not even sure electricity was – so we’ve made our top five from the last 10 years.
Even so, England have dished out some hammerings over the last decade and with another in store on Thursday here are the top five wins with odds for the same result against San Marino.
England 4-0 N. Ireland – 2005 – (England to beat San Marino 4-0 @ 6/1)
World Cup qualifiers against familiar foes are often highly-charged and hard-fought affairs but not, as it turned out on this occasion.
Joe Cole, Michael Owen, a Chris Baird own goal and the ever reliable Frank Lampard wrapped up a comfortable win for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men.
England 6-0 Jamaica – 2006 – (England to beat San Marino 6-0 @ 11/2)
England warmed up for the World Cup with an emphatic win over the Reggae Boyz that would have been bigger but for some Peter Crouch showboating.
Crouch’s claimed a hat-trick despite a poor attempt at a chipped penalty, while goals from Owen, Lampard and at the wrong end from Jermaine Taylor confounded the Caribbean side’s misery.
England 5-0 Andorra – 2006 – (England to beat San Marino 5-0 @ 5/1)
The heartache of England’s 2006 World Cup exit on penalties was followed by the low of not qualifying for Euro 2008.
However, in between one ray of light was this high-scoring rout over Andorra that saw Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe bag a brace each, with Steven Gerrard also getting in on the act.
England 6-0 Andorra – 2009 – (England to beat San Marino 6-0 @ 11/2)
Three years later in World Cup qualification the Three Lions went one better, hitting Andorra for six at Wembley.
Defoe again bagged a brace, while two from Wayne Rooney and solo efforts from Lampard and Crouch sealed the deal.
San Marino 0-8 England – 2013 – (England to beat San Marino 8-0 @ 7/1)
The most recent, biggest and against Thursday’s opponents this could be the best indicator of things to come.
For those short on memory Alessandro Della Valle gifted England the lead before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe, Ashley Young, Lampard, Rooney and Daniel Sturridge rubbed salt into the wounds.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
Fancy a flutter? Sign up today to claim up to £100 in free bets.