England 5 San Marino 0: Victory was main thing - Townsend

England's Phil Jagielka scores against San Marino. PIC: PA
England's Phil Jagielka scores against San Marino. PIC: PA
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Goalscorer Andros Townsend does not believe England should beat themselves up after only defeating minnows San Marino 5-0.

England barely broke a sweat as they hit five goals against the world’s worst national team, with Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, former Leeds United loanee Townsend and an Alessandro Della Valle own goal on the scoresheet.

When asked if Roy Hodgson’s side should have scored more goals, Townsend said: “The main thing was that we got the three points.

“We’re hoping not to win the group on goal difference, we’re hoping to win it by two or three points, so two, three, four, five tonight doesn’t really matter that much.

“The manager has always shown faith in me and although it was only against San Marino it was nice to come on and get my goal and repay the manager’s faith.”

England manager Hodgson was also impressed with the performance shown by his side.

“It was a job well done. I certainly can’t fault the players for their application throughout the game and I’m really pleased we’ve got this game behind us. They’re never easy games to play but we’ve won it comfortably and added five goals to our tally,” he said.

“In the second half against a team that is tiring with a high passing tempo we created some very good occasions.”

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