England ran out 5-0 winners over San Marino Friday night in a World Cup qualifying clash that very few predicted would be a difficult task.
Two goals apiece for Manchester United forwards Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck set up the win, before youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed the deal late on with his first goal for the first team.
Here is a collection of tweets that best summed up the reaction to the tie.
Prolific tweeter Rio Ferdinand put on his Nostradamus hat pregame to make what proved a quite outstanding prediction:
Scores for games tonight anyone?? England to win 5-0 I'm thinking...Scotland vs Wales will be a score draw...— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) October 12, 2012
It was Danny Welbeck, the man who misfires for Manchester United, who scored arguably the goal of the game with an impudent backheel. Praise for the finish was swift and deserved:
So it wasn't a fluke against Sweden at Euro 2012! Ridiculous finish from Welbeck again. Floodgates about to open? #bbcfootball— Steven Pope (@Steven_Pope) October 12, 2012
Welbeck misses the easy ones...then finishes like that.— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) October 12, 2012
England keeper Joe Hart's lack of involvement during the match was the source of many a Twitter joke, here are a couple of the more humorous:
— iain moss (@iainrandommoss) October 12, 2012
Second-half under way at Wembley. Somehow they persuaded Joe Hart to come out for it as well
— MirrorFootball (@MirrorFootball) October 12, 2012
Some of the statistics reflected the completely one-sided nature of the affair, suggesting a bigger scoreline should have been expected:
England had 86% possession tonight! itv.com/sport/football…— ITV Football (@itvfootball) October 12, 2012
#WCQ England had 32 shots with 19 on target, San Marino had 1 shot with 0 on target.— FootballFacts101 (@FootballFact101) October 12, 2012
In typical fashion, reaction to the perhaps underwhelming result tended to side on the more negative side of things, the consensus being that 5-0 was nowhere near satisfactory enough:
#bbcfootball For me, England guilty of showing off tonight. Germany and Holland battered San Marino by being ruthless. England messed about.
— Dave Worley (@daveworley) October 12, 2012
im still quite disappointed england only scored 5, should have been a lot more than that tbh, dominated the game throughout,
— Support Nani !!! (@lauren_jenks96) October 12, 2012
With what is sure to be a trickier tie against Poland in Warsaw Tuesday next up for Roy Hodgson's men, a comfortable win is likely to prove a strong jumping off point.
But considering the opposition, England will perhaps leave Wembley a little disappointed not to have made a more emphatic statement.
What did you think of England's 5-0 win over San Marino? Should we have reasonably expected more goals from the Three Lions?
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!