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England top qualifying group after thrashing Moldova

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England moved above Montenegro on goal difference to top of their group after a routine 4-0 win against a lacklustre Moldova side at Wembley.

A trademark goal from Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard opened the scoring after a swift counter from the hosts; it was Gerrard’s first England goal in three years.

Lambert grabbed an easy second for England, heading in after Theo Walcott’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco. It was Lambert’s second goal in just two appearances for his country.

Danny Welbeck will controversially miss Tuesday's visit to Ukraine after picking up a disputable yellow card before half-time, or certainly manager Roy Hodgson thought so.

Welbeck showed the Three Lions just what they will miss in Kiev just moments after, another crisp pass from Lambert saw the Manchester United striker stride with the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper before sliding the ball into the empty net.

Welbeck grabbed his second on 50 minutes, with Lambert again getting an assist. It capped off a mixed night for the Three Lions.

An unmarked James Milner should have grabbed a fifth right at the death although fired an easy shot way off target.

A crucial trip comes next against Ukraine, who sit just a point behind England in the race for top. For England's hopes of top place to stay alive, fans will be hoping for a win from the Three Lions. Ukraine managed a 9-0 win against part timers San Marino to keep them in contention for a qualifying place.

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