Hodgson pleased by England's killer instinct in 8-0 mauling of San Marino

England manager Roy Hodgson was impressed with his players' unquenchable thirst for goals in San Marino after overseeing a historic 8-0 win in Serravalle.

After just 12 minutes Alessandro Della Valle's own-goal opened the floodgates and England promptly added four more before the break.

And, with various fringe players pushing for a place in the starting XI for Tuesday's decisive meeting with Montenegro in Podgorica, the continued zeal that yielded three more goals after the interval has given Hodgson plenty of food for thought.

He told ITV: "It couldn't have been much better could it? I thought it was a very, very good, professional performance and obviously we are a class above our opponents.

"It was good that so many players got a chance to play, those that don't always play in the team.

"Even at 5-0 we kept playing and doing the same thing in the second half.

"Had the player not scored the own-goal then Wayne Rooney would have scored at the end of the move. I though we had battered them before that.

"Often when you're leading by that margin at half-time the second halves tend to die out but this one didn't.

"I thought we continued to play very good football and we were good value for our three goals in the second half."

It was too early for Hodgson to name his team for the game at Stadion Pod Goricom but there are several candidates ready to replace injured winger Theo Walcott, according to the England boss.

"I think it was one of those games where everyone brought his straw to the water," the former West Brom manager added. "I wouldn't like to criticise anyone.

"It was really good to see so many players, who haven't got many caps to their name, showing they deserve to be in the England squad.

"When it's their turn to play they can come up with the goods.

"Ashley (Young) did very, very well as did Oxlade-Chamberlain - both wide players did very well.

"We've still got Danny Welbeck, we've still got James Milner, so the choices for us are very good."