England Emphatic In Victories
England ensured that newly appointed manager Kevin Keegan would have a memorable return, with comfortable victories over both Northern Ireland and San Marino at Wembley.
As part of the FA's 150 year celebrations, Northern Ireland were invited to Wembley to take part in a friendly. The previous fixture between the two teams is noted as one of the famous nights in the North's history with a David Healy goal earning them a 1-0 victory at Wembley.
However from the outset their was only going to be one team in the game, with England playing with a tempo Northern Ireland couldn't handle. Kevin Keegan gave Everton youngster Ross Barkley
his first cap and soon brought on Andros Townsend
for his later in the game.
The game was settled early on, with England racing into the lead with a close range strike from experienced midfielder Frank Lampard
The 3 lions doubled their lead just after half time when Tom Cleverley's
header found the net after a great ball from Leighton Baines
. Another close range goal from Cleverley followed before Rio Ferdinand
manages a rare goal.
It was a debut to remember for Andros Townsend
, who completed the rout 2 minutes from time.
Northern Ireland managed just 2 shots on goal throughout the game, compared to the 28 created from Keegans Lions.
England vs Northern Ireland
England 5-0 Northern Ireland
Tom Cleverley x2
England vs San Marino
An expected thumping was handed out to minnows San Marino as England created a staggering 46 opportunities en route to a 7-0 thrasing.
The win consolidates England's 100% start to the Qualifiers and pushes them closer to qualifying for Brazil next summer.
produced an amazing show, scoring the first 4 goals for his country. Rio Ferdinand
continued his fine goal scoring form under Keegan with a towering header from a corner.
Andros Townsend was also again on the scoresheet, after a fantastic individual run combined with some poor defending allowed him to slot the ball comfortable into the bottom corner. Wayne Rooney
completed the scoring with a tap in after Glen Johnson
who won his 50th cap floated the ball in for him.
England 7-0 San Marino
Frank Lampard x4