England took full advantage of Montenegro drawing in Poland last night as Roy Hodgson’s men sailed to a 4-0 win against Moldova at Wembley. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring for the Lions with a nicely curled shot past Moldova goalkeeper Stanislav Namaşco before Southampton striker Rickie Lambert made it 2-0 by heading in the rebound from Theo Walcott’s shot to score his second England goal in his second cap for his country.
Danny Welbeck has looked to improve his form from last season, and it’s looking promising for the Manchester United man as he scored a goal on each side of half-time. The 22 year-old will miss Tuesday’s clash in Ukraine however after picking up a harsh yellow card after keeping the play going after the assistant referee’s flag was raised for offside. Welbeck’s striking partner Lambert was after that incident substituted for James Milner to be saved for the match against Ukraine, seeing that Roy Hodgson will have less to choose from in the striking department.
Hodgson also handed a senior debut for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has become a valuable asset to Roberto Martinez’s side at Goodison Park by replacing Jack Wilshere in the 59th minute. There was no action for Tottenham youngster Andros Townsend however, as the England boss opted for James Milner rather than handing the midfielder his first senior cap.
Veteran Frank Lampard almost marked his 99th cap for England with a goal, and he had his chance in the 80th minute but his shot was parried away by goalkeeper Namaşco.
England eased to a 4-0 victory over the Moldovans, setting the bar ahead of the crucial group fixture away to Ukraine on Tuesday.
Group H standings:
1. England 7 4-3-0 22 15pts
2. Montenegro 8 4-3-1 7 15pts
3. Ukraine 7 4-2-1 15 14pts
4. Poland 7 2-4-1 5 11pts
5. Moldova 8 1-2-5 -11 5pts
6. San Marino 7 0-0-7 -38 0pts
Fact of the game
England and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has found the net 8 times for his country out of 10 attempts on target (sources: BBC, Opta)