England Under-21s clocked up a record-breaking 9-0 win against San Marino as they impressively answered Gareth Southgate's calls to show more ruthlessness in front of goal.
Fans flocked to a sold-out Greenhous Meadow hoping for goals and the Young Lions did not disappoint, racking up a win that usurps their previous best of a seven-goal margin of victory set in 1976 and 2009.
It was the perfect end to a tumultuous year and just what manager Southgate had called for in the build-up to the European Championship qualifier.
While keen for the team to play with freedom, the former England defender was frustrated by some of his players' preference for the over-elaborate in Thursday's 3-0 win against Finland.
Southgate called for a more clinical edge in England's last match of 2013 and got just that in Shrewsbury, despite the absence of in-form Saido Berahino through suspension.
Michael Keane nodded England ahead after 13 minutes, with Raheem Sterling and full debutant Danny Ings extending that lead soon after.
James Ward-Prowse curled home a fine free-kick in the 24th minute as England's dominance continued, with Thomas Ince extending the lead further half-time approached.
Ings just beat room-mate Carl Jenkinson to prod home England's sixth shortly after the restart, although the Arsenal right-back managed a goal of his own after Sterling smartly lifted the ball over San Marino's hapless goalkeeper.
Will Hughes showed great feet before slotting home to put England 9-0 up, wrapping up an impressive victory that keeps them in control of Group 1.
Last month San Marino restricted England to a 4-0 win with a defence-minded formation, which was easily overcome in Shrewsbury.
The hosts dominated from the outset but were unable to get away their first shot until the 11th minute with Hughes, one of five changes from the 3-0 defeat of Finland, shooting just wide from the edge of the box.
Another replacement was Ings, who would have marked his full debut with an early goal was it not for Andrea Manzaroli's quick reactions.
The San Marino goalkeeper could not keep England at bay for long, though, with Keane opening the scoring from the resulting corner with a fine header in the 13th minute.
It was the Manchester United defender's third goal in four appearances for the Under-21s and was complemented by a Sterling effort two minutes later.
The Liverpool winger capitalised on a some atrocious defending, with a wayward strike fortuitously bouncing off Mirco Ciambotta and back into his path to slot home.
England were showing no mercy and were three goals up in the 18th minute as Ings marked his full debut with a goal, heading home an Ince cross.
The three goals in just a five-minute period shell-shocked the visitors, who went further behind to a moment of magic from Ward-Prowse.
The Southampton teenager showed just why Hull manager Steve Bruce recently likened his set-piece ability to David Beckham's, exquisitely curling home a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner.
Ings and John Stones attempted to extend the lead further, with the former providing a right-wing cross for Ince to net England's fifth two minutes before the break.
Jack Butland was replaced by Jonathan Bond at half-time, with Ward-Prowse captaining the Young Lions in a second half that started with another goal.
In a rather scruffy passage of play, Jesse Lingard prodded goalwards and Ings raced in to slot home just ahead of room-mate Jenkinson. There was no questions about the next scorer, though.
Some fine team passing put Sterling through and the winger impressively lifted the ball over San Marino's hapless goalkeeper, who was beaten again in the 61st minute as Jenkinson put through his legs.
Cristian Brolli cleared off the line as England showed no let-up, with Southgate bringing on attacker Patrick Bamford for his debut in place of Ince.
Despite the scoreline, the hosts continued to press and Hughes scored a fantastic ninth by finishing with aplomb after neat play.
Lingard thought he had made it 10-0 only to be denied by the referee's whistle, while Ings saw penalty appeals waved away before Jack Robinson rattled the post.
Fell debutant Lingard whistled a long-range strike just wide in stoppage-time, but the 10th proved elusive.