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19/11/2013 20:47, Report by Adam Bostock

Keane sparks record

Manchester United defender Michael Keane opened the scoring for the second match in a row as England Under-21s claimed a record 9-0 win on Tuesday evening.

San Marino, the same country against whom the Reds centre-back notched his first-ever strike at this level, were on the receiving end at Shrewsbury's Greenhous Meadow Stadium as Gareth Southgate's side massively enhanced their goal difference in qualifying group 1 for the UEFA U21 Championship.  

Keane followed up his first goal in last week's 3-0 win against Finland by heading England into the lead with a header from Tom Ince's 13th-minute corner. Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling made it 2-0 just two minutes later and was joined on the scoresheet by Burnley forward Danny Ings, Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse and Blackpool midfielder Ince before the interval.

Ings and Sterling both doubled their tallies and Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson also grabbed a goal prior to the hour mark, after which the scoring slowed. In fact, San Marino only conceded once more in the last 30 minutes, but that effort - from Derby County midfielder Will Hughes - was notable as it ensured England U21s netted nine for the first time. The previous best for the Three Lions at this level was an 8-1 thrashing of Finland in 1977.

Keane's club colleague Jesse Lingard also played the full 90 minutes against San Marino, while a third United player - Wilfried Zaha - watched from the bench as an unused substitute.

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