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Jagielka nets against San Marino

by | 09/10/2014  Comments (17)  jump
Phil Jagielka was the sole starter from Everton in Roy Hodgson's team to face San Marino at Wembley this evening as England completed a routine 5-0 victory over the tiny European nation.

Leighton Baines was an un-used substitute after playing in the two previous Euro2016 qualifiers, with Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs given a run-out to impress in his place. John Stones, who also started the first two group games, and Ross Barkley were absent because of their respective injuries.

And Jagielka validated his inclusion with the opening goal after 24 minutes, heading home a corner to give England the lead.

Elsewhere, Everton's Chris Long was an unused substitute as England's U20s kicked off the Four Nations tournament with a 1-0 win over Germany. Sam Byrne, meanwhile, played for Ireland U21s as they lost 4-1 to Norway and Jindrich Stanek kept a clean sheet for Czech Republic U19s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0.  

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James Stewart
1 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:08:39
CouldnÂ’t think of much duller things to do than watch England.
Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 09/10/2014 at 19:24:37
For god sake, donÂ’t get injured.
James Hughes
3 Posted 09/10/2014 at 20:12:20
I can, try watching Eastenders – that is real dross mate or if we are sticking to footie then watching ’them’ is very bad.
Patrick Murphy
4 Posted 09/10/2014 at 20:17:35
Congrats to Jags on his goal - I wonder what odds Paddy Power are giving on Everton scoring from a corner this season?
Patrick Murphy
5 Posted 09/10/2014 at 20:22:25
Some wag on the Echo website said that Jags loves scoring against pub sides!
Steve Orchard
6 Posted 09/10/2014 at 20:24:59
Good on yer, Phil!

Now, just donÂ’t get injured....

Steve Orchard
7 Posted 09/10/2014 at 20:27:19
Nice one, Patrick!!
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 09/10/2014 at 21:19:51
Embarrassing watching this bunch of overpaid "stars" struggling to break down a team of plumbers, bank clerks, brickies and male nurses.
John Paul McGurk
9 Posted 09/10/2014 at 21:52:53
The only thing I found out tonight was our players can score from corners.
Jamie Crowley
10 Posted 09/10/2014 at 22:06:48
They can't really "win" in these games Colin. If they don't blow them out they were poor. If they blow them out they were expected to. And I can't believe for a second they don't let off the gas a bit against teams like this.

Why UEFA doesn't have qualifiers for the smaller European countries I'll never know. It's just plain stupid.

James Stewart
11 Posted 09/10/2014 at 22:15:07
@4 about 100/1 Bobby doesnÂ’t like crossing!
Mike Childs
12 Posted 09/10/2014 at 22:18:39
A clean sheet by an Everton GK? Put him in there he can't do any worst. With any luck Stanek might have that John Stones DNA......
Steve Carter
13 Posted 10/10/2014 at 03:24:25
Yep, Colin, this is laughable (to put it mildly). San Marino's population is around 30,000 - i.e. about the same as Walton. England (PL level professionals) only beats them 5-0. Even Hart should have scored a couple.
Liam Reilly
14 Posted 10/10/2014 at 11:35:12
I agree, Jamie (#10), these games are non-events. The lower ranking teams should pay off against each other to enter these tournaments.

Off topic but interesting to see Uefa revamp the top seeds in the CL Group stages from next season onwards; whereby the respective League winners will provide the top seeds in each group. This should make the groups more interesting as it wont be the same sides with easy rides each season.

Not that it'll make any difference to us anytime soon.

Patrick Murphy
15 Posted 10/10/2014 at 16:31:11
Liam - But the big teams want access to the CL group stages by hook or by crook, Milan's Director Umberto Gandini wants a wildcards introduced to ensure that some of Europe's biggest clubs don't miss out. He says " I think we have to look at ways of improving the Champions League." That seems to me a slap in the face to those clubs such as Everton who dream of being in the CL but the big boys seem to want a closed shop.

Nice to see the FA Cup draw returning to a Monday evening slot live on the BBC, it always irked me when you knew who you had been drawn against in the following round before you had kicked off in the previous one.

Colin Glassar
16 Posted 12/10/2014 at 11:14:01
I see that some in the southern press are already starting a campaign to have have Bainsey replaced at LB by Kieran Gibbs after his "stellar performance" against the mighty San Marino. Oh, and Jagielka to be replaced by another southern heartthrob, Callum Chambers.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 12/10/2014 at 17:44:59
How bad is Rooney nowadays for England? Absolutely useless.

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