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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