England beat Moldova 5-0 in World Cup 2014 Qualifiers
England started their bid for the 2014 World cup title by dominating Moldova to win with a 5-0 final score. Frank Lampard helped England with its momentum as he scored twice for the team during the match, pushing England to a decisive victory. Lampard scored with a penalty only three minutes before he headed in a second goal. Defoe's threaded finish to the goal put Hodgson's English team 3-0 ahead at half time. England really didn't need to do much work in the second half, but Baines and Milner scored a goal apiece to comfortably defeat Moldova. These were Baines and Milner's first international goals scored. Hodgson followed through with the Lampard and Gerrard pairing suggested before the match with Cleverly moved further up the field to play off striker Defoe. Not only did this match mark the first international goal for Leighton Baines, it was also his first start as a replacement for Ashley Cole who was recently injured. Get your hands on World Cup Qualifier tickets and tickets for upcoming Scotland vs. Macedonia or the England vs. Ukraine game by purchasing online now. When asked about the match, Hodgson says, "We defended and attacked well. The team was quick to regain ball control and smother opportunities for Moldova to counter attack." England may have had it easy against Moldova, but they are set to have it much tougher against the opponents of their next match. England are set to face Ukraine without Rooney, Cole and Carroll and the loss of these key players may be more detrimental. With John Terry limping off near the end of the Moldova game, it looks unlikely that he will be in the line up for the game against Ukraine.