World Cup Qualifiers: Easy game for England

World Cup Qualifiers: Easy game for England



(Steven Gerrard 12, Rickie Lambert 26,

Danny Welbeck 45+1, 50)


Like assembling flatpack furniture, England's 4-0 victory over Moldova was an inglorious task that simply had to be completed.

There is no glory here, no magical memory - just a feeling of satisfaction at a job well done.

On Saturday morning's (Singapore time) result put Roy Hodgson's men at the top of Group H, level on points with Montenegro, but 15 goals better off in goal difference.

All attention now turns to Kiev, where the real work begins. The Ukraine started their campaign slowly, changed managers halfway through but are now into their stride.

If they win on Wednesday, England's destiny will be out of their hands. Anything else, and Hodgson can secure qualification with home wins over Poland and Montenegro.

There was never any doubt that England would secure this victory. In fact, there was so little drama that only a little over 60,000 people turned up, leaving Wembley with vast swathes of empty seats.

Moldova certainly lived down to expectations.

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