England Hammer Moldova 5-0 In World Cup Opener

England’s number 3 ranking in the latest FIFA rankings,  seems to have done England no harm at all, as they thrashed a poor Moldova side tonight 5-0, in their first qualifying game of the 2014 World Cup.

England got off to a great start in Moldova tonight with a goal in just three minutes,  when there was a handball in the Moldova box,  and dependable Frank Lampard scored from the penalty spot.

And then after 28 minutes if was Frank Lampard again – who said this lad was finished?  – who headed home a good cross from Adam Johnson, the new Sunderland winger, to make it 2-0.

And would you believe it, just three minutes later it was Jermain Defoe who made it 3-0, as he shot quickly and gave the goalkeeper no chance – and at half  time it was 3-0,  with England looking strong and steady, and carving out some good chances in a poor Moldova defense.

The only change in the second half was Wallsend-born and former Wallsend Boys club star Michael Carrick coming on for Steven Gerrard.

Frank Lampard scored from penalty spot after 3 minutes

And then on 58 minutes Theo Walcott came on for Arsenal team-mate Oxlade Chamberlain.

On 66 minutes a good cross into the box by Fran Lampard created a chance for Tom Cleverley, but the Manchester United midfielder his his shot wide – he should have scored.

Two minutes later Jermain Defoe was replaced by Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck.

It looked like Moldova were trying in the second half to limit the dame but England scored their fourth after 78 minutes when some good play between Walcott and Cleverly led to a chance for former Newcastle winger James Milner, who made no mistake for England’s fourth goal.

Leighton Baines scoring with deflected free kick

On 83 minutes it was Leighton Baines who scored England’s fifth goal from a free kick, as the ball was deflected into the goal, but then John Terry had to go off with an injury he had been carrying for some time, and England were down to 10 men having already used all three subs.

It’s a long time since England won 5-0 away from home in a World Cup qualifier, so it was a great start for England in qualifying for the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, and manager Roy Hodgson seems to have chosen a good blend of youth and experience, and England were very creative tonight, and looked like the World’s third ranked team, even if the opposition was fairly weak.

No – I’m getting carried away again – they weren’t  that good. 😀

An excellent win for England tonight, and the lads deserve great credit in getting the World Cup qualifying off to a fantastic start, and England are currently top of their group H, with the other game being a 1-1 draw between Poland and Montenegro.

England’s starting eleven:

Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Baines; Milner, Lampard, Gerrard, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Defoe.

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33 comments so far

  • Spellcheck

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Adam johnson didnt play Ed!? Nice one England. Should qualify but then as usual they’ll flatter to deceive!!!!!!!

  • Krul to be Kind

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Wily Woy will do OK


    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #3

    He got it mixed up with glen johnson

  • bollance

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #4

    trialists for reserves – Dan Rickard (ST)

    Looks like another unknown like jj Hooper

  • nico

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #5

    A very good performance against a weak team. 5-0 is a good result though, bet no other team in this group will score that many.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #6

    How bout this formation.
    Santon Saylor colocini Anita
    Jonas cabaye
    Ben Arfa
    Ba cisse

    I call it the 43benarfa2

    It would leave us very narrow and ba and cisse might not play well together, but it puts Ben Arfa in a free position and that my friends would win us matches.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #7

    There is no way on God’s sweet earth that england are 3rd best in the world. What do they base these rankings on?? Humour?? Drug induced madness??

  • Krul to be Kind

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #8

    lol @Conaldo

    If Cabaye is still off his game I would put Bigi in though, nip the attitude in the bud early!

  • Krul to be Kind

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Would be harsh to drop Bigi after last game, oozing confidence and no fear for an 18 year old, this is what it is all about, Tiote M2

  • bollance

    Sep 7, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #10


    Don’t think pards has the balls to drop cabaye. He should on form but I get the impression cabaye is very influential

  • Krul to be Kind

    Sep 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #11

    What makes this International break all the harder to take is that we have to wait to monday for the next match against Everton but there is always a great game when it is in the evening especially with it getting darker earlier and for some reason the atmosphere always comes across better when the floodlights are on, I can’t wait, I think it’s going to be a cracking game!

    My XI v Everton
    Santon ………………Collo… STaylor……………. Anita
    Marveaux…………………. HBA……………………..Jonas

    I really want to see Santon right back to see what he is like taking a man on the outside and crossing from wide, he is class at cutting in but this is what leaves jonas having to cover so much, Jonas is a mainstay in the team his work rate, industry and hold up play are all good making him a good outlet for regaining shape just, if HBA was to play centrally then he could come and collect the ball and be more involved with all his creativity and as a 2nd striker he doesn’t have responsibilty as such to get so much, the 2 DM’s allow cover for the full backs and wham!

  • Krul to be Kind

    Sep 7, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I hope it isn’t a lack of balls on AP’s behalf but I believe by giving these kids a chance in PL games 1 poss 2 at a time then it well speed up their development, Marveaux and Obertan were excellent against Atromitos direct running and Obertan came on against Villa and started knocking it past defenders, his pace is frightening, a bit of confidence and this lad will come good sothe boyys are there to do it, if he needed a reason to drop him he surely has one with his recent form

  • t00ntime

    Sep 7, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #13

    I believe ba and cisse can work together, but we do need to change our formation for them to work. Atm we dont get enough chances for one demba never mind 2. Our crossing has been way off and we havent passed it well, its harsh to blame ba and cisse for that. Yes cisse can look lazy sometimes but if we can create more chances i can see them putting them away. Imo we have the players capable of making the chances needed but in a 4-4-2 we need ben arfa+simmo+jonas+santon to be good at crossing and so far max 2 have been good crossers. Therefore the 4-4-2 isnt making the chances

    We need a formation that doesnt rely on crossing and can utilise cabaye+ben arfa

  • Ashton

    Sep 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #14

    I watched Holland’s game against Turkey. Krul started but he was shaky and a bit worrisome for his defenders. He spilled a couple of balls, he made a wonderful save in the second half though. He doesn’t seem to be as assured as last season.

  • t00ntime

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #15

    @ashton he didnt seem confident when catching high balls, i dont know why but because of that he made big mistakes tonight, like 1 time he didnt even shout to say he was going to get it and the defender almost scored an OG cause of it. He needs to become the boss in the box again

  • Ashton

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #16


    I agree. He doesn’t seem to be as assured as last season. Hopefully he will regain his form soon.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #17

    With the greatest of respect to everybody’s opinion. However it is of my opinion that anybody who is questioning pardew’s ”balls” is somewhat out of touch. He knows what he’s doing, we dont

  • pbNcl

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew is tactically sound and an excellent man manager. Its crazy that people who haven’t even had a conversation with one of his players think they know how to manage the team better than the silver fox! Come on! Reality check! This is the toughest league on earth arguably not bloomin fifa or football manager! Let’s show pardew the respect he deserves and take the pressure off him a little bit! We owe him, after the crap he got when he first came, and look what he’s achived! King pardew!!

  • pbNcl

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Love and peace I’m off to sleeps

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Surely any real judgement of players, player recruitment and the manager should be reserved until after atleast ten league games.

    We’ve just had an astonishing season, appear to have strengthened, and have made a slow but steady start to the new campaign.

    Any suggestions along the lines of dropping Cabaye or Cisse or seriously questioning the the managers tactics seem quite ridiculously premature.

  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Agreed. Dropping cabs is insane! He made some great movements in the villa game, just needed others to glance up every once in a while. He will come good.

    Also, oba looking great. Confident. Up for it. Looking forward to seeing him in a 443.

  • spitfire_

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Happy birthday Gary!!!

  • Brutooon

    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #23

    1) England will always qualify for Euro and World Cup because they got an EASY GROUP

    2) During tournament, England struggle to beat NORMAL team

    3) No 3 at the FIFA ranking but when is the last time England are in the Semi? 1996? that was like 16 years ago!

    4) Rooney, Gerrard, Terry are “world class” for their clubs, when played for England they are BELOW Average

  • YorkshiresFinestGeordie

    Sep 8, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #24


    Do you really think that Terry plays below average for country, he’s been the best defender for us for a while now and he’s a man that proudly wears the 3 lions on his shirt.

  • pbNcl

    Sep 8, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Over the years I have lost complete faith in england and the fa, newcastle mean the world to me come rain or shine. But england mean very little. Through many managers I have yet to see any consistency or grit let alone brilliance. No harmony and too much blatant emphasis on the individual above the team. We are the laughing stock of europe, chest’s puffed out with pride whilst completely souless and unable to mix it with any half decent side. I gave up a long time ago. The fa want shooting for letting it get this awful. I jus hope it picks up so our youth can be proud of our country’s national team, but I’m not holding my breath

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 8, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #26

    who saw the France’s match yesterday?

    Did you guys see Cabaye’s corner. It was delicious and mouth-watering almost every single 1 of them caused absolute havoc. What on earth is that? his set-pieces with us so far has been horrendous.

    And his performance in the centre of midfield until replaced was excellent which is why he is a starter there. He played in neat and simple with couple of great balls Benzema and another to Jeremy Menez.

    Why is he yet to produce this sort of standard for us?????

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 8, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #27

    Good morning lads 🙂 congratulation on your win yesterday!

    We are playing today, but the DK team these days is nothing special so I don’t really bother 🙁

    Ibiza…thanks for the youtube link. Nice vid and song, but I don’t know how to really discribe it 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 8, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Bit late Jesper, but good morning.

    Different 🙂

    Right then….fun day of work ahead….at least no hangover today.

    Have a good one boys and girls

  • gaz 44

    Sep 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #29

    ilovetoon hasn’t Ben arfa took nearly every set piece for us.. only 1 i saw cabbage take was a free kick against villa

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza…don’t they ever give you time off from the versión española millones de dólares listado?

    …is that even Spanish? lol B-)

  • NUFCWill1986

    Sep 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #31

    @gaz what aboit corners mate? 🙂

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Sep 8, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Happy birthday Gary speed

  • gaz 44

    Sep 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Ben arfa took the corners also


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