Gareth Southgate said England's mentality was the key to qualifying for the World Cup in record-breaking style as Harry Kane scored four times in a 10-0 demolition of San Marino on Monday.
Needing a draw from their last Group I qualifier to reach next year's tournament in Qatar, England went goal crazy as they scored 10 in a single game for the first time since a 1964 friendly against the United States. The result ranked as the Three Lions' biggest ever victory in a competitive match.
Harry Maguire put Southgate's side in front early on before Filippo Fabbri's own goal doubled England's lead.
England captain Harry Kane took centre-stage after that, scoring four before the break to rewrite the record books.
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe notched his first senior international goal in his maiden start.
Tyrone Mings headed his first England goal after San Marino's Dante Rossi was sent off, before Tammy Abraham and Bukayo Saka completed their country's record-breaking win.
Kane has scored 16 goals in 2021 for England, setting a calendar year record for the Three Lions as he surpassed the 12-goal tallies of George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927.
Group winners England finished the qualifying campaign unbeaten in their 10 matches.
"The qualification was earned away in Budapest, in Warsaw, in Albania and I've got to credit all of our players and staff on a really good year," Southgate said.
The team will head to Qatar in 12 months established as one of the main contenders to win the World Cup.