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England hammer Moldova to kick-off WC qualification

England have smashed Moldova 5-0 to kickstart their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign with a bang.

Roy Hodgson's Three Lions completely dominated their less-fancied Group H rivals in Chisinau with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard scoring twice early to set things up.

The veteran converted from the penalty spot inside four minutes before guiding home a neat header from Glen Johnson's well-weighted cross for his 25th international goal just before the half-hour mark.

Jermain Defoe marked his 50th England cap with a first-time finish from a clever Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ball just after the second goal was scored, squeezing in at the near post after the Arsenal young gun had teed him up.

The score was 4-0 to England with 15 minutes remaining when a series of attacking passes ended with substitute Theo Walcott finding James Milner who banged home from the edge of the area before Leighton Baines rounded out the win with a deflected free-kick in the 83rd minute.

The victory sees England temporarily take top spot on the group table ahead of their home clash with Ukraine on Tuesday as Moldova prepare for their trip to Poland.

In other the other Group H match, Montenegro held Poland to a 2-2 draw after going behind early before the Poles levelled prior to the hour-mark.

Andrew Slevison
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