Goals from Nikita Parris, native favorite Jodie Taylor, Jordan Nobbs, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan, who struck two times, intended that for 90 mins no less than, Sampson may just savour each and every second of his task.
And there would were no level sweeter for the 34-year-old Welshman than when all of the beginning XI made a beeline for the bench to rejoice along him the 11th-minute opener from Parris.
This opening World Cup qualifying fit for England, their first step at the highway to France 2019, was once performed in opposition to the backdrop of Sampson going through allegations of racism, harassment and bullying.
He has been two times cleared, through an inside Football Association overview after which an impartial investigation, and firmly denies all wrongdoing. But the problem is lingering and would possibly do for some months to come as drive mounts at the FA to release a brand new investigation.
Flag-waving babies, possibly in large part oblivious to the talk surrounding England’s supervisor, greeted the groups from the tunnel at kick-off, and it was once a fit they may experience from get started to end.
Once England hit their stride, it was once a walk at Tranmere’s house floor in opposition to a workforce who had been lowered to 10 gamers after falling 2-Zero at the back of.
Russia took a mauling at the Wirral, with Fran Kirby teeing up Parris to strike house a low shot for the 11th-minute opener. Even goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain sprinted in opposition to Sampson to rejoice, answering any query about harmony within the camp.
It was once Kirby once more who was once the supplier moments later for Euro 2017 Golden Boot winner Taylor, again at Tranmere the place she started her occupation and once more on track.
Taylor discovered room at the back of a static Russia defence to slot house a crowd-pleasing low end previous Tatyana Shcherbak.
Kirby then earned, however overlooked, a penalty. The Chelsea striker’s thumping shot was once blocked through the fingers of Ksenia Tsybutovich, who was once despatched off for a 2nd bookable offence.
But Kirby’s strive from the spot was once hit with no longer just about the similar venom as her previous effort and was once stored along with her toes through Shcherbak.
England sit down 3rd within the FIFA scores and had been a category aside, confirmed when Nobbs lashed in any other function within the 36th minute. Kirby darted in from the left and teed up her 3rd function of the night through unselfishly laying the ball off for the England vice-captain to drill in from 10 yards.
Bronze smashed house a surprising shot into the highest proper nook from 20 yards in a while earlier than the destroy, and Duggan struck from identical vary for the 5th early in the second one part.
The crowd of seven,047 would possibly have anticipated a number of extra to apply, however England had to wait till the 84th minute for a 6th, with Barcelona ahead Duggan volleying in after an terrible Russian tried clearance.
It would possibly were 7-Zero as stoppage-time approached however change Ellen White fired into the side-netting, a happy Sampson applauding all of the identical.