San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini has been praised by fans after ‘masterclass’ against England

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‘He doesn’t want to be caught by Jesse Lingard!’: San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini is praised by fans after his ‘masterclass’ against England with a string of top saves to keep the score low at Wembley

  • Football fans praised San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini after showing against England
  • He made a series of great stops to keep the score moderate at Wembley Stadium
  • The Three Lions came to a 5-0 victory in the first game of the World Cup qualifiers
  • Some called his display ‘a masterclass’ while others tipped him for a big move

San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini has been praised by fans for producing a ‘masterclass’ against England to keep the score modest in their 5-0 defeat at Wembley on Thursday.

England were comfortable against the European minnows – ranked as the worst side in the world – but could easily have gotten a much bigger score, with Benedettini producing a handful of top draw saves from Jesse Lingard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

In the end, England got past in their first World Cup qualifier thanks to debut goals from James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins and strikes from Raheem Sterling and a Dominic Calvert-Lewin double.

Elia Benedettini was San Marino's standout player as the goalkeeper helped keep the score modest

Elia Benedettini was San Marino’s standout player as the goalkeeper helped keep the score modest

Fans hailed his showing as 'a masterclass' while others tipped him off for a switch to a big side

Fans hailed his showing as 'a masterclass' while others tipped him off for a switch to a big side

Fans hailed his showing as ‘a masterclass’ while others tipped him off for a switch to a big side

He left Jesse Lingard frustrated at Wembley, with supporters ridiculing the midfielder

He left Jesse Lingard frustrated at Wembley, with supporters ridiculing the midfielder

He left Jesse Lingard frustrated at Wembley, with supporters ridiculing the midfielder

ITV experts claimed it should have been ‘seven or eight’ at halftime, and indeed it could have been without the 25-year-old’s presence, with some admitting to their surprise on social media that he wasn’t even first choice. for a third level Italian side.

‘This San Marino goalkeeper is a really good goalkeeper! Throw around with ease and pull out a few top saves, ” said one fan.

Another claimed that the Cesena shot stopper – who has yet to play for his club since joining Janaury – ‘definitely tried a big move’, with one user calling his display ‘a masterclass’ adding:’ @LFC, are you looking at ? ‘

Lingard was denied a few times by the man between the sticks when the loaned West Ham midfielder desperately tried to mark his run of good form with an England goal, but was left frustrated when he saw two shots beaten away.

One supporter has claimed Benedettini ‘doesn’t want to be groped by Jesse Lingard’, referring to the classic Manchester United star’s celebration.

While the high praise for him continued on Twitter, a meme likened him to Germany’s Manuel Neuer – once seen as the greatest goalkeeper in world football.

Benedettini greets England's Nick Pope, who barely touched the ball after the full-time whistle

Benedettini greets England's Nick Pope, who barely touched the ball after the full-time whistle

Benedettini greets England’s Nick Pope, who barely touched the ball after the full-time whistle

It wasn’t all clear that he’d been powerless to watch England put five past him – including a feeble attempt to hold off Raheem Sterling’s attempt to make it 3-0.

One player who could not stop Benedettini was rookie Watkins, who fulfills every child’s dream to set off the Three Lions with his first cap.

The Aston Villa star nearly lost his words when he spoke to the media after the game and admitted he was ‘over the moon’.

“It’s incredible,” he told ITV. That’s what I dreamed of, being in the hotel today. I was just hoping to get the chance and enjoy it, get a chance to score and I didn’t expect it to happen. I’m speechless to be honest!

It has been a good journey [Starting at Exeter]I just feel honored to come here, put on this shirt and play with these players. You couldn’t write it to score on my debut. I’m just over the moon. ‘

The goalkeeper was unable to stop Ollie Watkins from his first England goal on his debut

The goalkeeper was unable to stop Ollie Watkins from his first England goal on his debut

The goalkeeper was unable to stop Ollie Watkins from his first England goal on his debut

Watkins admitted he was “speechless” and “over the moon” after his dream getaway with the Three Lions

Watkins insists he was unwilling to put too much pressure on himself prior to his big day, claiming he would have been happy just having a run out.

‘I just wanted to get on the field – I didn’t know if I was coming. Conor Coady had a head bump so it looked like maybe I wouldn’t, but I had the chance and I can’t believe it. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to play here.

Speaking of his chances of becoming Gareth Southgate’s Euro team, he added: ‘I just have to take every game as it comes, focus on my club form, play consistently for Villa and help my team push the table up. and enter Europe.

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