Four England stars who stood out vs San Marino - Arsenal men impress

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Below we look at four England players that impressed against San Marino, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham represented.

It was one of the few times a 5-0 win at home will see criticism levelled at the winning team, but England's hammering of Uefa minnows San Marino did just that, with many fans and pundits not deeming it enough of a hammering to satisfy their demand for England to prove themselves the best team in the world.

But for the realists among England's supporters, there were several aspects of the game that could be analysed and seen to be positives, with more than a few of Roy Hodgson's side impressing as the game wore on.

Below we list three players that will be happy with the chance to turn out against San Marino, with their stock rising despite the apparent footballing mismatch:

Jack Wilshere - Too seldom has Wilshere orchestrated the England side to the degree he has managed to at Arsenal. True, it could be said the 22-year-old hasn't fulfilled his obvious potential at club or international level, but he has at least shown glimpses in the red and white of Arsenal of his talent. Against San Marino, particularly in the second half, Wilshere was comfortable pulling the strings, making use of his talent to play in Wayne Rooney twice with exquisite crosses from deep. The trick now will be to do the same against Estonia, and then, whoever England are up against.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Oxlade-Chamberlain was another Arsenal player to impress, and it was telling that all three substitutes made a difference once they took to the pitch. Though Danny Welbeck also did his claims for a regular spot no harm at all by netting a goal, it was the introduction of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana that gave England the impetus to really put the game to bed. The Ox's direct approach was impressive, setting up teammate Welbeck and also unlucky not to have scored/assisted the goal incorrectly disallowed after coming off Lallana.

Adam Lallana - Hugely unfortunate not to have scored his first goal for his country, Lallana offered the inventiveness and touch to cause real problems for the San Marino defence. His close control and ability to play off either foot saw countless goalscoring chances come for the England forwards, and it once again showed that he is one of the more natural options at the tip of a midfield diamond. As mentioned above, Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot from distance flicked off the onside Lallana's heel and flew into the net, only for the referee to rule it out for offside.

Andros Townsend - Townsend has been in and out of the Spurs side this season, and many were baffled by Roy Hodgson's decision to persevere picking the 23-year-old. When he was preparing to come on you could almost hear the uncertainty across the country, but within minutes Townsend proved his strengths, once again on the Wembley turf. The winger chased back well, and scared the living daylights out of the tiring San Marino defence, not to mention scoring the goal of the night with a great strike from distance. It should ensure he goes back to Tottenham full of confidence, and having given Mauricio Pochettino plenty of food for thought.

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