England needed only a point against San Marino to guarantee top spot above Poland in Group I to qualify for next year’s tournament in Qatar, England went on to score 10 goals in a single game on Monday for the first time in a competitive match.
Kane filled his boots again following up his hat-trick in the 5-0 win against Albania on Friday with four goals before halftime, including two penalties, taking his tally to 48 to move joint-third on the all-time list with Gary Lineker.
Harry Maguire put Gareth Southgate’s side in front with a header in the sixth-minute before Filippo Fabbri scored an own goal to double England’s lead. England captain Kane took over to put England 6-0 ahead before halftime.
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe notched his first senior international goal in his maiden start. Tyrone Mings headed his first England goal after San Marino’s Dante Rossi was sent off, before Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka completed their country’s record-breaking win.
Kane is the first England player to score four times in a single game since Ian Wright against San Marino in 1993. After bagging a hat-trick in Friday’s 5-0 win over Albania, Kane is the first England player to score three or more in successive games since Tommy Taylor in 1957.
Kane has scored 16 goals so far for England since the start of the year, setting a calendar year record for the Three Lions, surpassing the 12-goal tallies of George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927.
The 28-year-is now equal with Gary Lineker on 48 England goals. Only Bobby Charlton, with 49 goals, and Wayne Rooney with 53 are above him.
It was also the first time England had scored 10 in a match since a 10-0 rout of the United States in 1964.
Former England striker Michael Owen said he was “rapidly falling out of love with watching international football” after witnessing what he said was a “pointless game.”
“It came to the last game and we were expected to win tonight but we’ve done a good job. Fantastic to go through,” the 28-year-old Kane, who is now only five goals behind England’s record scorer Wayne Rooney, said.
“We cannot do anything about the level of opposition but the mentality and the way they (England’s players) applied themselves was terrific,” Southgate said.
Southgate’s men will head to Qatar in 12 months as one of the main contenders to win the World Cup.