England Hit Ten To Seal World Cup Place

Last updated : 16 November 2021 By Three Lions

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A stroll in San Marino on Monday evening confirmed England's place at the 2022 World Cup, the Three Lions putting ten goals past their hapless hosts to confirm top spot in their qualifying group.

Gareth Southgate now has a year to prepare his side for a third major tournament under his watch and will have been pleased to see the ruthless way in which England secured qualification with 15 goals in their final two matches.

With options all over the pitch, increasing in numbers all the time as the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Jude Bellingham and Conor Gallagher have shown over this international break, England will go into the competition as one of the sides capable of reaching the final four.

England's smooth progress through yet another qualifying campaign can sometimes mean they are victims of their own success, getting to the finals of a major tournament increasingly seen as a right and not a privilege.

But as Italy found out in 2018, and again on Monday evening when their draw in Northern Ireland consigned them to the play-offs, these games still have to be negotiated and England have come through a busy autumn unbeaten and without any noticeable drop in performance levels from their Euro 2020 heroics.