Don’t blame England for making World Cup qualifying so dull; it demonstrates their superiority.

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Don’t blame England for making World Cup qualifying so dull; it demonstrates their superiority.

Gareth Southgate’s team has cruised to Qatar 2022… which is a welcome change for those of us who have been around for a long time.

England 10 (Maguire 6′, Fabbri 15′ og, Kane 27′ pen 31′ 39′ pen, 42′, Smith Rowe 58′, Mings 69′, Abraham 78′, Saka 80) San Marino 0 (Rossi red card 68′)

STADIO OLIMPICO — Some of England’s players and manager’s verbal gymnastics to avoid offending San Marino have been a little comical this week.

With a straight face, Gareth Southgate mentioned the importance of on-field leadership in case something goes wrong.

It was as if talking about qualifying for next year’s World Cup in the past tense would bring about some sort of karmic curse.

Unfortunately for the Sammarinese, some chasms are too large for black magic to cross.

It wasn’t a competition.

It wasn’t even close to being a football match.

Every save made by Elia Benedettini was greeted with applause from the home crowd, but they eventually gave up expecting anything else.

The pre-qualifying argument will resurface because of the humiliating margin of victory and dominance.

Tourism, revenue loss, fear of minnow nations being pushed further into the shadows, and the basic premise of avoiding changes that benefit the major nations are all good reasons to oppose it.

That doesn’t change the fact that this was a bad show.

Make your own judgment on whether or not that matters.

Probably not, according to Harry Kane.

In the list of England’s all-time top scorers, he has now passed Jimmy Greaves’ goal total and is now tied with Gary Lineker.

Neither has Southgate, who has presided over England’s most recent competitive victory.

San Marino appears to be in poor shape, even by minnow standards, and with a population of 34,000, it is unlikely to improve anytime soon.

They were 5-0 losers in both of their group games against Andorra, with three shots on target in each.

In the last seven years, they’ve come close to losing only twice.

Perhaps this is a manufactured issue; after all, if England and San Marino are both content with the status quo, who are we to argue? International football’s job isn’t just to keep us entertained on Monday nights.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

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Don’t blame England for making World Cup qualifying so tedious; it demonstrates their superiority.

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