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England rout San Marino 10-0; Italy join Portugal in FIFA WC playoffs

Italy failed to beat Northern Ireland, sending Switzerland into the next year’s FIFA World Cup finals through automatic qualification.

  • Harry Kane gains a quadruple as England hits San Marino for 10 goals.
  • Harry Kane’s England tally reaches 48, only five behind the country’s highest goal scorer Wayne Rooney (53).
  • World Cup 2022’s final direct place to be decided today between The Netherlands, Turkey, and Norway.
Northern Ireland held off Italy, making the Italians go into the playoffs, with fears of not qualifying for the World Cup again.

European champions Italy failed to qualify automatically for The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, after being held to a goalless draw through Northern Ireland in Belfast on Monday, ceding the pinnacle spot in Group C to Switzerland who beat Bulgaria 4-zero.

Switzerland’s result against Bulgaria had to be matched by the Italians to qualify immediately however at the same time as Roberto Mancini’s facet could only settle for a stalemate, the Swiss went on the rampage in Lucerne to book their place in Qatar next year. Italy did not qualify for the World Cup 2018 after an aggregate loss to Sweden, in the playoffs.

The Swiss will join England, who clinched their qualification with a rampant Harry Kane bagging 4 goals in 15 mins in a 10-zero win in San Marino.

The playoffs will be played in March and one automatic qualification place will be awarded to either of Netherlands, Norway, or Turkey on Tuesday.

England journeyed to San Marino, the lowest-ranked of FIFA’s 210 competing nations, wanting just a point to qualify directly.

San Marino has an abysmal domestic World Cup qualifiers record, losing the last 35 in a row through a combined score of 146-7. The one non-defeat got here in a zero-zero draw with Turkey in 1993.

This time they faced a hungry Kane who scored 4 goals withinside the area of 15 mins withinside the first half. The quadruple took him to forty-eight goals for England, level with Gary Lineker and at the back of only Bobby Charlton (49) and Wayne Rooney (53).

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