England's emphatic 10-0 win over San Marino ensured boss Gareth Southgate broke a host of records on Monday night.
The Three Lions only needed a point to ensure their spot at next year's World Cup.
But they punched their ticket to Qatar in style with a flurry of goals. Harry Kane stole the show with four goals, with Harry Maguire, Emile Smith Rowe, Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka all getting on the scoresheet too. San Marino defender Filippo Fabbri also netted an unfortunate own goal.
And that win means that England have won more games (15), scored more goals (52) and kept more clean sheets (14) under Southgate during 2021 than in any other year in their history.
It caps a fine year for Southgate's men, who finished as runners-up in Euro 2020 just a few months ago.
It emerged this week that Southgate is set to be rewarded for his impressive work with a bumper new deal from the FA.
If terms can be agreed, that new deal would keep Southgate at the helm until beyond Euro 2024.
That may still be some way off, but the England boss can begin to officially plot for next November's World Cup after a comprehensive win in San Marino.
And Southgate wasn't the only one to smash records at the San Marino Stadium in Monday night's rout.
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After reportedly persuading Southgate to let him play, Kane also helped himself to a trifecta of records.
The Tottenham striker grabbed four goals which took his tally for the calendar year to 16 – eclipsing the 12 strikes that George Hilsdon managed in 1908 and Dixie Dean matched in 1927.
Kane also became the first player to score four in a match since Ian Wright managed the feat, also against San Marino, back in 1993.
And he followed up on his hat-trick against Albania to become the first England player to net consecutive hat-tricks since Tommy Taylor managed the feat in the 1956/57 season.
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Just like his boss, and despite criticism over his form, Kane has had a fine year for his country.
And Southgate praised the whole team as they wrapped up one of their best years on record ahead of a tilt at ending 56 years of hurt in Qatar next summer.
"The qualification was earned away in Budapest, Warsaw and Albania," Southgate told ITV after the San Marino drubbing.
"I have to credit all our players and staff for a very good year. We cannot do anything about the level of opposition but the mentality and the way they applied themselves was terrific."
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