Danny Ings celebrated his first international goals in England U21’s comprehensive 9-0 rout of San Marino on Tuesday.
The Clarets striker scored a brace on his first start for Gareth Southgate’s side, as the Under 21s racked up their biggest ever victory in their latest European U21 qualifier at Shrewsbury.
Ings, who made his international debut against the minnows in October, opened his account 17 minutes into the game with a neat flick header from a Tom Ince cross that deflected home off the foot of the post.
By that stage, England led through early goals from Michael Keane and Raheem Sterling.
And after James Ward-Prowse struck home a delightful free kick to make it four, Ings repaid the compliment by teeing up Ince for England’s fifth before the break.
The Clarets’ 14-goal striker snatched his second goal just three minutes into the second half, just beating roommate Carl Jenkinson to slot home from point-blank range.
Jenkinson soon added a seventh and Sterling an eighth as England took a stranglehold of Group One in the race for next summer’s finals in the Czech Republic.
And a convincing victory was rounded off when Will Hughes curled home a ninth 13 minutes from time.
England Under-21s: 1 Jack Butland (c) (13 Jonathan Bond, ht), 2 Carl Jenkinson, 3 Jack Robinson, 5 John Stones (15 Eric Dier, 62), 6 Michael Keane; 4 Will Hughes, 8 James Ward-Prowse; 7 Tom Ince (17 Patrick Bamford, 65), 10 Jesse Lingard, 11 Raheem Sterling; 9 Danny Ings.
Substitutes not used: 12 Luke Shaw, 13 Jonathan Bond, 14 Nathaniel Chalobah, 16 Wilfried Zaha , 18 Ravel Morrison.
Goals: Michael Keane (13), Raheem Sterling (15, 59), Danny Ings (17, 47), James Ward-Prowse (24), Tom Ince (42), Carl Jenkinson (61), Will Hughes (78)
San Marino: 1 Andrea Manzaroli (12 Michele Berardi, 82), 2 Gian Luca Proli, 3 Daniele Martini, 4 Cristian Brolli, 5 Mirco Ciambotta n (16 Angelo Faetanini, 69), 6 Juri Biordi, 7 Lorenzo Liverani (15 Davide Cesarini, 69), 8 Eugenio Colombini (c), 9 Marco Bernardi, 10 Alessandro Golinucci, 11 Manuel Battistini.
Substitutes not used: 13 Nicolo Angelini, 14 Maximiliano Baizan, 17 Andrea Zavoli, 18 Alessandro Zonzini.
Referee: Gunnar Jarl Jonsson