Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane fired a hat-trick as England’s Under-21s crushed San Marino 4-0 in a European 2015 Championship qualifying match in Serravalle.
Good to see Harry Kane get a hat-trick for the England U21's tonight #thfc— Dannnnnnn (@danstammers) October 10, 2013
Kane’s first goal came on the stroke of half-time, as he fired home a penalty after Raheem Sterling had been felled in the box by keeper Andrea Manzaroli, who was shown a red card for the foul.
There was a moment of drama prior to the penalty being scored, as Sterling also wanted to take the spot-kick, and he and Kane had a discussion over who should take the shot.
Kane’s second came courtesy of some blistering play from Liverpool’s Sterling, who picked the ball up in his own half and dashed forward at pace.
A clever pass set Kane free of his marker and, although his initial shot was saved by San Marino's reserve keeper Massimo Francioni, he had the composure to steady himself and turn home the rebound.
Kane had to wait until one minute from time to secure his treble, which came when he turned a cross in from a tight angle.
Kane’s third came after Michael Keane had opened the scoring for England on five minutes.
Gareth Southgate’s side will face a tougher test next Tuesday when they take on Lithuania at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road.
After three games of their Group 1 campaign, England have seven points thanks to a 1-0 win over Moldova, 1-1 draw with Finland and win over San Marino.
Following the clash with Lithuania, England face a potentially pivotal clash with group leaders Finland on November 14.