Reds who were involved in international thrashings
Bruno Fernandes was the star of the show as Portugal put Luxembourg to the sword in a European Championship qualifier on Monday evening.
Our captain scored for his country and registered three assists as Roberto Martinez’s side ran out 9-0 winners in the Group J clash – a record margin of victory for the Selecao. Full-back Diogo Dalot was also involved.
And Bruno’s performance got us flicking back through the history books to take a look at other Reds who have featured prominently in men's international thrashings…
ENGLAND 10 USA 0 (1964)
The Three Lions’ record victory – a 13-0 shellacking of Ireland – occurred way back in the 19th century, but Alf Ramsey’s future World Cup winners notched double figures against the United States in 1964 in an end-of-season friendly. Bobby Charlton entered the fray as a substitute with the score already at 3-0 and the Reds youth product netted the seventh of England’s strikes in New York.
ENGLAND 9 LUXEMBOURG 0 (1982)
Another heavy England win, this time in a qualifier for Euro 1984 in France – a tournament the Three Lions would ultimately fail to reach. Luxembourg were well beaten at Wembley, though, and United winger Steve Coppell netted the second goal, with Bryan Robson captaining his country.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 8 MALTA 0 (1983)
After 40 years, this is still a record win for the Boys in Green, who had Reds Kevin Moran and Frank Stapleton in the starting line-up for the European Championship qualifier. Stapleton netted the second goal from the spot, while Moran missed out on much of the fun after being subbed at half-time, with the score at 3-0.
SPAIN 8 LIECHTENSTEIN (2016/2017)
Spain’s eight-year reign as European champions may have been ended earlier in the year, but David De Gea and co were still far too strong for Liechtenstein, with our former no.1 having very little to do as La Roja eased past the microstate on 5 September 2016. That date would turn out to be an inauspicious one for the minnows, as Spain prevailed by the exact same margin in the Vaduz return, exactly a year later.
BELGIUM 9 GIBRALTAR 0 (2017)
Romelu Lukaku began the 2017/18 season on a real hot streak, scoring 10 goals for United in his first nine appearances for the club. That stellar form translated to the international stage too, as the Belgian big man stuck three past Gibraltar in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match. It was Lukaku’s second treble for the Rode Duivels and took him within five goals of the national scoring record – a mark he has since smashed.
ENGLAND 10 SAN MARINO 0 (2021)
San Marino have often been on the receiving end of international thrashings, with their 13-0 defeat to Germany in 2006 a European record. This time it was England’s turn and United centre-back Harry Maguire's early header set the Three Lions on their way. Gareth Southgate’s men were six goals to the good at the break – with Harry Kane scoring four – and could perhaps have had more, considering the 10th strike from Bukayo Saka went in with 10 minutes still to play.